P.E.I. widow wears late husband's medals proudly, and illegally

A Charlottetown woman made good on her promise to wear her late husband's war medals Monday for Remembrance Day even though she knew it was against the law.

Donning war medals 'big step forward,' says Madrien Ferris

A Charlottetown woman made good on her promise to wear her late husband's war medals Monday for Remembrance Day even though she knew it was against the law.

Madrien Ferris told CBC News last week she planned to wear the medals to honour her late husband, Albert Ferris.

Ferris questions a Criminal Code of Canada law that says no one except the veteran can wear their medals.

The 10 medals her husband earned during his 30 years in the Armed Forces have been in storage since his death in 1995.

Ferris said she was a little nervous and a little stressed about wearing the medals Monday but believed she was doing the right thing.

"Proud that I have taken this stand to do it. It's a big step forward because it is against the law for me to do that … they are out on display on my chest and I'm very proud of it," said Ferris.

Ferris said she is sure her late husband was watching her today as she attended a reception at the Charlottetown Legion following a Remembrance Day ceremony, and she is sure he was smiling.

Medals can be worn on the right side by family members of veterans in Great Britain and Australia.

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