|Posted by National Defence Medal on February 27, 2009 at 2:47 AM|
“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to allow retired members of HM Forces and Emergency Services who served for a period of 5 years during the Reign of HM the Queen to be allowed to purchase and wear with honour and pride either the Queens Silver or Golden Jubilee Medal.”
“The dedication and professionalism of retired members of HM Forces and Emergency Services who served the Queen during her reign needs to be recognised. Allowing those who served for a period of 5 years during her reign to purchase and wear either the Queen’s Silver or Golden Jubilee Medal would allow those who believe they were overlooked and somewhat undervalued to show others that they served their Queen with great pride and dedication. Criteria being 5 years service during first 25 years reign for Silver Jubilee Medal and 5 years service during next 25 years reign for Golden Jubilee Medal. Some would be eligible for both. This would be a no cost option for the Government but allow those who qualified to receive rightful recognition as many believe that the criteria for the issuing of these medals was too restricted and was basically down to cost. Do the right thing now and make amends to those who served and allow them to show others they served with dedication and loyalty.”
Medals are awarded by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of an independent committee. This is a process that has been in place for many years.
The service of our Armed Forces, on behalf of the nation, is beyond doubt, and this is more widely recognised throughout the United Kingdom than at any time in our recent history. For many, wearing medals is an important part of that recognition. The Golden Jubilee medal acknowledged this fact, being awarded to anyone in the Armed Forces in adult full-time service, who had completed five years service and was serving on 6 February 2002, the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession.
With regard to The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (QSJM), only some 35,000 were minted, of which about 9,000 were allocated to the Armed Forces - around 3% of the Armed Forces at the time. Although the necessarily strict and quite complex instructions specifying how the relatively few medals were to be distributed resulted in a great deal of disappointment, this should in no way detract from the contribution made by all who serve the nation, whose dedication and professionalism has never been in doubt.