The Crossroads of the Aether
So, Military Steampunk is AWESOME.
Whats not awesome is wearing real medals, that you have no right to wear.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Steampunk, you are more than capable of making your own medals and decorations. Just get some ribbon and a cool thing to hang from it and poof your done. Your own medal with your own story that you can apply to your character or whatever.
You can also buy fake medals from several Steampunk vendors, be it on Etsy or what not, they are not hard to find if you are not so crafty a person.
I also really don't have a problem with repurposing medals from other countries or ones that are so old they are indistinguishable or you can't find a record of them.
What I have a SERIOUS problem with is people wearing medals that are current, especially to the United States. This is not a joke, or a game. You people may think its cool or something, I have no idea. Last time I checked we are at war, with members of our military serving in harms way, putting there lives on the line every day for you. And weather or not you believe in the war or its the right ting to do I hope you all still "Support the Troops". And what I find AMAZINGLY rude and disrespectful is people wearing say;
Legion of Merit (definition - exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements) or a Campaign Medal from World War II, I saw someone this weekend at TeslaCon wearing a Distinguished Flying Cross (definition - Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight) I even saw some (clearly not in the military or have ever served -I asked-) wearing a Purple Heart ribbon once (definition - Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces) and those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.
YOUR WEARING MEDALS FOR HEROSIM, MERATORIOUS CONDUCT, WOUNDES RECIEVED IN COMBAT AND SERVICE IN WORLD WAR II.... please tell me your kidding? Is that some sick joke? Maybe you should come to a service member's funeral and watch the mothers reaction as SHE receives a Purple Heart because her son received fatal wounds and is lying in a coffin 10 feet in front of her. I guess that's something you take lightly? I suppose that since it takes AN ACT OF CONGRESS so award such things that you can just throw them on your chest and think its cool?
The uniform, medals and trappings of the service members of The United States, are EARNED. Paid for in blood over and over and over again in the past 234 years. IF YOU HAVE NOT EARNED THE RIGHT TO WEAR THEM.... don't.
And for the record per the Stolen Valor Act, it is illegal as well.
Sgt Lilley, Jeffrey
United Stated Marine Coprs