500 signatures reached
To: UK Parliament and HM Queen Elizabeth II
THANK YOU: "Queen Elizabeth Medal" for those who have SERVED IN HARM'S WAY
HM QUEEN ELIZABETH PLATINUM MEDAL INCLUDES THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN HARM'S WAY.
PETITIONS DO WORK.
Thank you to those who have signed this relatively small petition. Thankyou to our local Lord Lieutenant for the kindness and advice in this ENDEAVOUR to help support the creation of a "Queen Elizabeth Medal" to be awarded to those who have "SERVED IN HARM'S WAY". AS ANNOUNCED ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 2021, it appears that SEVERAL PETITIONS on 38 Degrees and many letters, plus efforts from a lot of folk who would like to say thankyou in a warmer and more solid way than a (heartfelt but transient) round of applause for the NHS on a Thursday night during Covid, has now come about in the form of the new QUEEN ELIZABETH II, PLATINUM JUBILEE MEDAL.
The official UK Government website cites the award is intended, amongst other eligibility criteria, for those: "Emergency services workers at home who run towards danger when others would flee."
From correspondence received, it is evident that those who care enough to sign the numerous petitions such as these, do help in the kindness and honour for recognition of service: "Those whom have served and/or continue to serve in harm's way".
THE GENERAL ELIGIBILITY TIMELINE IS TO HAVE COMPLETED FIVE FULL CALENDAR YEARS OF SERVICE ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2022.
To retain the integrity of this original petition as signed by several hundred decent and thoughtful folk, here is the original text...
At this time, those NHS nurses, doctors, consultants and all staff + Ambulance Service + Police Service + Fire Service + British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Airforce and all other UK services, plus civilian members of the community who have placed themselves in HARM'S WAY to protect and care for those who have suffered from the Coronavirus/Covid-19 infection. Also, to be awarded to those who have SERVED IN HARM'S WAY in other areas of national service, past and future. Criteria of award similar to the Ebola Medal: https://tinyurl.com/QMII-Ebola-Medal-Command-Paper
UPDATE: As announced on 25th September 2021, the Government and HM Queen Elizabeth II award is further described in this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/platinum-jubilee-medal-revealed
Why is this important?
This is important as it represents a decent way to recognise the self-sacrifice of "THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN HARM'S WAY".
Specifically in recognition for those who have served in harm's way caring for patients with the Coronavirus. But also, with respect, the proposed "Queen Elizabeth Medal" would be an awarded, appropriate for those who have served in other dangerous situations, such as the prevention of terrorism acts of bravery where commendations such as the Queen's Gallantry Medal criteria would not be met..
This also carries on a tradition of officially recognising specific events for which precedent has been established:-
1977 - 25 Years On The Throne: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Elizabeth_II_Silver_Jubilee_Medal
2002 - 50 Years On The Throne: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Elizabeth_II_Golden_Jubilee_Medal
2012 - 60 Years On The Throne: The Diamond Jubilee Medal http://www.toye.com/uniforms-medals/diamond-jubilee-medal
The petitioner believes a "Queen Elizabeth Medal" created and awarded to "THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN HARM'S WAY" is a fair, decent and kind way of recognising the thousands of people in the United Kingdom who have quietly gone about their work when faced with danger and the prospect of death in a significant number of occasions, yet still turn up to work in order to save those who need help. For example, in recent weeks, there can be fewer words other than heroic, courageous and brave, to describe those volunteers that have put their lives in very real danger to help others who are suffering from the tragic, horrendous and deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
In addition there are emergency service personnel who place themselves in harm's way regularly for the safety and protection of others. Members of emergency services such as the fire-fighters, police, ambulance crew, paramedics and other life saving workers. Plus of course HM Queen's military forces. Along with dedicated specialist sectors such as RAF Search & Rescue flight crew - drivers of the big yellow rescue helicopters.
Not to forget the voluntary emergency personnel, such as those who devote time and risk their lives via the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Mountain Rescue Services and similar volunteer lifesaving institutions.
How it will be delivered
If, or when we reach 100,000 signatories to this Petition it will become eligible for debate in the House of Commons:-