View Poll Results: Is wearing the service uniforms or medals of one's ancestors acceptable?

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Thread: What is Your View on Wearing the Service Uniforms or Medals of One's Ancestors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroeneWolf View Post
    If some of my ancestors had earned any medals and they would come in to my possession, I would not wear them. However I probably would place in a display case under a portrait of said ancestor.
    Some casing or framed glass should anyway the storage and display for medals. Wearing them for other reasons then displaying the appearance of the uniform in real life, would indeed have a wrong feeling to it. Almost like stolen valor.

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    Absolutely fine, as long as the individual wearing their ancestors medal does not claim it as their medal or pretend to have earnt it.

    It is a way of honouring the sacrifice of our ancestors and keeping their memory alive.

    In Australia on ANZAC day the sons and grandsons of deceased veterans often march with their ancestors medals.

    It’s truly uplifting to see a little Aussie kid beaming with pride while wearing his deceased grandfather’s medals.
    Our beauty is our power, our strength. We can’t allow them to change us, to lessen us. I will never grant them that satisfaction, and neither should you!

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    Uniforms. Depends on what sort & why you are wearing it.

    But metals? No. A number of those metals are given out for valour, for bravery, etc. They are not a simple piece of decorative jewellery.

    Besides just because your ancestors earned them that doesn't mean you have the character (the courage, the morals, etc.) to win them yourself if you were in their shoes.

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    Wearing any medals would be totally not in order... but other elements would be fine as mementos, in my opinion.

    I myself have a button from a WWI King's Own Scottish Borderers uniform on my main key chain and various other bit's of brass and such from the same, scattered around my house in memory of my grandfather.

    I do this to keep his sacrifice in memory.

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    It depends on whether you have done things that make you earn the medal yourself. I see no problem with wearing a mother's cross from your grandmother when you have 4 or 6 or 8 children yourself. Because then you earned it too and then there's nothing wrong with it. My great-grandmother had the mother's cross in bronze. I would not wear it now, but when I will have 4 children, then maybe.

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    I think it really depends. In a reenactment situation I could see wearing a reproduced version of my ancestors uniform with full markings on it as a way to honour them and speak about them and who they were. I don't reenact but, i could see that working since reenactments are also about education on the subject. I would not wear their original uniform though and it could get damaged, originals belong in a case kept safe.

    As for just wearing uniforms though, I wear military clothes without insignia. M42 great coat is my go to for cold winter days and even gets many compliments from older people even veterans who have known what it is. Been meaning to get a black Allgemeine jacket or one of the field grey jackets for a while because I think they look nice. I also wear older camo patterns without any insignia. I think the inisignia and current uniforms is where it becomes really questionable because it would feel like stolen valour.

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