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    Is it illegal to wear medals you haven't earned?

    A man who attended a Remembrance Day parade with medals he didn't earn has been ordered to do community service for his deception. But there is a thriving trade in second-hand military decoration, so is it illegal to wear them?

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    Original Poster

    Veterans call them "Walt medals" - as in the fictional fantasist Walter Mitty - and keep an eye out for unearned decorations worn at military occasions.

    They wouldn't have found it difficult to spot bogus war hero Roger Day at a Remembrance Day parade in Bedworth, Warwickshire, last November. The ex-servicemen marching alongside Day, 62, wore perhaps one, two or three medals each. But his chest was adorned with 17 medals, accessorised with an SAS tie pin and beret.

    Arrested after a member of the public alerted police, Day pleaded guilty on Tuesday to unlawfully using military decoration.

    While it is not an offence to own medals which have not been earned, it is illegal under section 197 of the Army Act 1955 to pretend to be a member of the armed forces. (This act will be superseded by the Armed Forces Act 2006 in November.)

    The act makes wearing any military decoration, badge, wound stripe or emblem without authority a criminal offence. It is also illegal to wear a replica "as to be calculated to deceive", and to falsely represent yourself as someone entitled to wear any such award.

    On remembrance sunday people ie; grandson's wear there grandfather's medal's all the time down are way :?

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    I still wear my prefect badge because I earned it :-D

    I don't get this thread. You asked a question, then answered it yourself! :whistling:

    DLM;7531544

    I still wear my prefect badge because I earned it :-D



    And how did you earn that i wonder :whistling:

    what about halloween :? :lol:

    Penny Saver;7531570

    I don't get this thread. You asked a question, then answered it … I don't get this thread. You asked a question, then answered it yourself! :whistling:



    +1. Bit odd. :whistling:

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    renown;7531611

    And how did you earn that i wonder :whistling:



    By being perfect like I am now

    DLM;7531663

    By being perfect like I am now



    :w00t::whistling:

    When my grandad died i went to the funeral wearing his medals, while there were about 40 of his comrades from the Korean war was there. My nan asked me if i wanted to wear them, but told me i had to wear them on the other side, as i was not aloud to wear them on the side that real veterans wear them.
    So you can wear them if you have permission on the other side to show your proud and supporting someone, but you cant wear them in the way that someone who earned them does as this is impersonating a real hero

    The police told me its not a crime to wear medals you have not been awarded
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