Some of you might have read in comments that I got my Diamond Jubilee Medal today.
I don't know how much any of you know about it.
For starters, here's what it looks like:
Armed forces personnel, emergency services, prison officers and others who've made a significant contribution to the realm. Or something.
A few of you have said congratulations, which is nice, thank you. And some have said that it's nice we're recognised and awarded something.
I don't know where I stand on it, really. I mean, the box turned up this morning, and after the senior officers took theirs, each of us DIs got a stack and a list and we walked around making sure people took one and signed their name.
But only officers who've served more than 5 years. Which means a few on my team don't get anything.
Others...well, they make a big thing of not being bothered. A few of them have said they'll eBay them, some say it'll just go in a drawer to be forgotten about.
If I'm honest, mine will go in a drawer too. But not just to be forgotten about. I mean, I never get a chance to wear dress uniform anymore. It's not even issued nowadays, so if mine gets trashed I wouldn't ever get another.
I am pleased that we're not forgotten about. But I also feel medals are...well, you imagine people getting medals for heroic acts. For things so special that few achieve them. I don't feel like any of mine are like that. And what about my officers who have served 4 years 11 months? Are they less worthy?
So...yeah. Not sure how I feel about it. Not sure how I feel about people who do choose to sell them straight away.
But I am proud.