The Order of the Glazed Cruller. I wonder if other private firm’s (Blackwater?) employees got medals.

A major overhaul of how the Canadian Forces recognizes overseas service will include the controversial decision to allow Tim Hortons employees at Kandahar Airfield to receive medals from the Afghan war.

The changes involve clarifying the type of support eligible for the military’s General Service Medal, which will now be awarded to both civilian as well as allied and Canadian military personnel deployed outside the country to provide direct support to operations in the “presence of an armed enemy.”

The decision, which has raised eyebrows in the military community, echoes similar methods of recognition applied during the Second World War, according to the Department of Defence.

Medals were awarded during the Second World War to civilians working for Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus, the Canadian Legion and the YMCA.
“Everyone who goes into theatre and did their days — respective of what they did — they’re part of the defence team and everyone deserves to have their recognition,”

Isn’t this kind of like in some schools where you get a gold star or whatever for showing up? Can’t be hurting anyone’s feelings by leaving them out.

  1. seanb says:

    You signed up, did the required time, and got your lucky packet feel good medal.

    Think I still got mine in a drawer somewhere……

  2. James in Toronto says:

    On behalf of all Canadians, I apologize for this nonsense.

  3. bobbo, it really got started with Napoleon says:

    I got in trouble once for “not being in uniform” when it was noticed I wasn’t wearing any campaign ribbons. If you “pass thru” Korea, you get a campaign ribbon for that war===don’t even have to sell a donut. That one and two others were missing. It was hard to be alive and not have at least 10 medals.

    Chickenshit BS.

  4. Canuck says:

    Without the donuts you can’t get a Canadian general anywhere near Afghanistan.

  5. ECA says:

    at one point you could Fly and drop in almost any area, for even a moment..and get a Medal.

  6. Cursor_ says:

    First of all you have to be a nitwit to attach some form of honour to a strip of metal worn on clothing.

    Then you have to be more of a dunce to think that having a strip of metal pinned on you somehow makes up for being in a war zone and possibly getting a limb blown off or worse die.

    Yeah I bet those medals really make the families of dead soldiers feel SOOOO much better.

    Medal for a leg? Anyone? But if you take the medal, they will cut your benefits. Fair is fair. These medals don’t come cheap from Chinese factories.


  7. Zybch says:

    Just another way to glorify mediocrity and keep the sheep happy by those who have the most to gain if the proles think they’re ‘more special’ than the other low lifes who can only express themselves with the help of firearms and a government who can tell them who to aim for.

  8. sargasso says:

    It is a comfort in their old age, to wear their medals once a year and march down main street behind a boy scout brass band. Waiting for the recall back to service in the defense of their nation, with combat donuts and coffee.

  9. Sea Lawyer says:

    #7, First of all you have to be a nitwit to talk about something you obviously know nothing about.

  10. Father says:

    Isn’t meritorious service its own altruistic reward?

  11. Benjamin says:

    Different medals have different precedence. The warm-body medals are lower precedence than the important medals like the bronze star, Congressional Medal of Honor, or Purple Heart that you actually have to do something above the call of duty.

    I don’t think civilians should receive military medals like your article suggests.

    #7 You are a nitwit.

  12. MikeN says:

    If we had this 40 years ago, decorated soldier Al Gore would have been President, and the Canadians wouldn’t have a war to be giving out medals in.

  13. sargasso says:

    #11. “Isn’t meritorious service its own altruistic reward?” – a lot of military contractors and defense industry consultants are shaking their heads in disbelief.

  14. RBG says:

    I think this could lead to a whole new respect for George Patton’s What-did-you-do-in-the-war: “Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.”

    But really, Tim Hortons should have their own medal. Something donut shaped with peanut clusters.



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