Dear Editor, I was reading about the young U.S. soldier, private first class, who is before a court martial for divulging information publicly.
I noted his six medals, and read that he had not seen any active service.
I thought of our own Canadian military: how sparse the awarding of medals is, comparatively - or was, in my era.
You can bet your wealth that a Second World War veteran sporting six medals had seen a lot.
One medal could stand for the entire Italian campaign.
Another could testify to the fact the soldier had seen active service in either France, Belgium, Holland, or Germany.
I always note the comparative dearth of medals on the tunics of the Canadian or British officers, in comparison to their American counterparts.
Is it that we are a frugal lot, or is it that we cannot afford them, or is it that we are perhaps too modest?
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