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Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal

Old 25th Nov 2011, 00:44
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Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal

Many of you may remember the way the Queens 25th Aniversary Medal was distributed. Nothing has changed in 35 years!

Petition Diamond Decoraration should include all veterans - e-petitions

Next year the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal will be presented to service
personnel, emergency service personnel and prison officers with more than
five years service. There are no plans to award the medal to veterans, many
of whom have given a lot more than five years service during the reign of
Her Majesty.

This petition asks that the medal should also be awarded to veterans who
served Her Majesty during her 60 years on the throne.

Please sign it and distribute as you deem fit.


David Swain
Captain, Royal Navy
Secretary
The Navy Lodge, No. 2612
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 01:08
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Shan't be signing. Got one medal for my only period of active service during my 12 years, that'll do me. Can't see why anyone would particularly want a medal that everyone else has - seems to defeat the object of medals to me. Smacks of modern school sports days when everyone gets a prize.

On a point of detail it was the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 which was distributed in the way described - the Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 was awarded very sparingly.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 01:09
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I believe the criteria is 5 years service and still active at the date of the jubilee. Why should every veteran get one? If so, then every ex-fireman, paramedic, policeman etc should get one too, which would be ludicrous.
I'm afraid I will not support this.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 04:05
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What a waste of a petition. The real petition should be for those who are serving with less than five years' service but who are laying down their lives on the front line - they should get the medal, not veterans.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 06:25
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At the end of the day it's a chocolate medal, smaller than real medals and, unless you really are a gong hunter, somewhat embarrassing to wear adjacent to medals that have been hard earned with blood, sweat and tears. Hadn't been in long enough in '77, just out in '97, no interest in 2011. No signature from here either. Should be getting the new ACSM 11 which will mean a lot more.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 08:34
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A crewroom, somewhere in East Anglia, 1977.

Sqn Cdr - 'Bloggs, we are only getting 12 of these medals for us and the troops!' SEngO is sorting out 6 deserving troops but since all the officers deserve one do me a favour and put all our names in a hat and run a draw at shareholders on Friday!'

Bloggs - 'Right Boss, that's it, names in a hat, yeah!'

Sqn Cdr - 'That's it, Bloggs, seems fairest way, eh!'

Friday Shareholders, Boss has explained sitch to officers and Bloggs is summonsed up front to run the draw! (Bloggs knows that Sqn Ldr Wibble really really really wants a medal!)

Sqn Cdr - 'Right Bloggs, get on with it!'

Bloggs pulls first name out the hat - 'Sqn Ldr Wibble!'

Wibble puffs out chest with happiness and adoration that HMQ has selected him to receive a medal!

Bloggs pulls second name out the hat - 'Sqn Ldr Wibble!'

Third name - 'Sqn Ldr Wibble!'

etc etc

Sqn Cdr goes harpic! Bloggs is dutifully admonished amongst gales of laughter.

Bloggs removes 36 'Wibbles' from his hat and the draw is rerun!

You guessed it, no medal for Wibble!

Larf, we nearly sh*t! (with apologies to Pete & Dud)

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Old 25th Nov 2011, 08:36
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Well how did that happen! I wrote and posted my post at 1645 on 25 Nov 11 and it appeared up there at 0834!

PPRuNe you have some strange ways!


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PS. Bloody hell, it's done it again, I'm off for a lie down in a darkened room!

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Old 25th Nov 2011, 09:15
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Ooo, an almost witty response 'Kreuger flap', cut a little close to the bone did I?

Do you desperately desire a piece of gizit tin to hang forlornly on your C&A blazer too?


(Strange, this post has travelled back in time too).
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 13:28
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Well said Bismark. Many many of those coming home from here in coffins would not qualify but they and their comrades have given HM exceptional service in a short period of time.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 13:38
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No thanks, Captain Pugwash - like when would I wear it, just another trinket for the sock drawer. Jeepers, getting very cynical in my middle age.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 13:48
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I wont be signing - there is no shame in not having a medal despite having served and giving this one away to everyone would devalue it.

At the end of the day, the Queen has decreed that we are to have a medal and decreed the eligibility criteria. If you don't like that, then buy a fake one.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 13:56
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I don't denigrate other medal holders just because I praised the serious ones.
I am against, as Geehovah says, a medal that goes to someone with 6 years service who's still in, but doesn't to someone who retired last year with 40 years, whatever branch/trade.

.. and likewise, flogging round low level was quite dangerous enough thanks, though I don't want a medal 'cos I enjoyed it
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 13:56
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No thanks I will not be signing, Still serving and happy to have received my Op/Campaign medals (that cost a ferking fortune to get remounted each time), but I agree with the earlier posts where do we draw the line etc... would it not be better to just give us all a day off.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 15:04
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Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal
You would have thought that Her Majesty the Queen at least deserved the apostrophe of possession to describe her Diamond Jubilee Medal - or is that regarded as old school these days? Or is it for more than one Queen? Maybe if you can't get details like that correct, old farts like me are less likely to take the petition seriously in the first place.
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 15:12
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So that will be a 'NO' then...
Fully support all above comments...
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Old 25th Nov 2011, 16:36
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Originally Posted by Top Bunk Tester View Post
Hadn't been in long enough in '77, .
Unless you had been standing in No 1, 34, 67 etc in the queue you would not have got one anyway.

If someone really, really, really wants a DJM then why not buy one?

The Vets with real medals probably wouldn't want one especially with the expense of adding it to all their other medals. The Vets that might be creating probably don't have any at all.

PS,

One Vet I know has a seriously long string of medals. The pin is so long he practically had a DIY vasectomy when he put them in his pocket - ouch!
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My first experience of the "All must have prizes" policy was on a visit to the US Air Force Academy in the 1960s. I noted that some of the cadets sported medal ribbons. On enquiring as to the nature of the award I was informed that 1965 had been declared National Defense (sic) Year and all serving members of the US armed forces had been awarded the medal. My informant went on to say "We call it Alive in '65".

Says it all really

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Old 25th Nov 2011, 16:55
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I agree with most of the other posters so far, a big "NO" from me. Why should some long since retired 'veteran' get a medal when some of those serving and dying in Afghanistan aren't even in line?

What do you want it for? To hang next to that one you brought from a company in a magazine? Give that National Service medal something to rattle against next time you are propping up the bar in the legion, telling all and sundry your 'war stories' from the bad old days of the BAOR, fighting off the Soviet hoard whilst having to cope with yellow handbags und dodgy frikadellers?

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Old 25th Nov 2011, 17:35
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A big No from me,
glad I missed the Golden Jubilee trinket too.
Everyone I've met with serious medals, e.g DFC etc was really deserving of them. Wouldn't dream of pretending I'm in the same class.

I have RAF Wings - always found this is enough to impress the world.
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