Over the past decade we have noticed a rampant increase in the number of people who are wearing their orders, decorations and medals incorrectly. The cadre of people who flagrantly violate the official rules on how you are supposed to wear your medals ranges from the average veteran right up to current and former Governors General. Indeed, there is much evidence to suggest that the higher the rank of the individual the more likely they are to just wear whatever they want, however they want. We like to think of this as “Instant Dictator Syndrome” or self-aggrandizement at its most obvious.

Why do people wear their medals incorrectly? Often it is because they simply do not know any better. If you are one of these people you should consult WEARING ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS which is available from the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall. This guide will help you figure out how you are supposed to wear your officially granted orders, decorations and medals.

When it comes to wearing your medals incorrectly the worst offenders tend to be former Governors General, Lieutenant Governors and retired Generals. When these people – all in authority and all surrounded by staff who know better – wear their medals wrong they are obviously suffering from the dreaded Instant Dictator Syndrome. The attitude accompanied with this most severe condition is “the more medals I wear the more important I will look.”

This simple blog is aimed at revealing the myriad of fellow Canadians who cannot seem to wear their medals correctly.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Steven Point: Getting it right!


We are very pleased to note that His Honour the Honourable Steven Point seems to have begun wearing his orders, decorations and medals correctly. This is great news and it is hoped that he will continue this trend so that we can let past errors slip into the background.  While Point is not wearing his Golden Jubilee Medal on the Lieutenant Governor's uniform we are more than willing to overlook this very minor error in favour of the fact he has everything else correct in these photos. There are other photos of recent events showing this Lieutenant Governor wearing his medals correctly. Excellent work! If this continues BC will have a Lieutenant Governor who is A+ in the medal wearing department by the New Year. Sadly the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta has continued his assault on the traditions and rules of proper deportment when wearing medals. Soon to be posted, "wonderful" photos taken during Remembrance Day in Toronto.

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