James Harrison is by far not the first top point out this problem, and he's right. "When he found out his sons were given such trophies, he demanded that they be sent back. Harrison believes that a trophy should be something you earn by being the best, not something you receive just for trying."
'While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. Im sorry Im not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and Im not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best...cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better...not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy"
And you know, he's right.
But who else does this?
Why it's the US Armed Forces.
United States service medals of the World Wars are U.S. military medals which were created solely for recognizing service in the First World War and World War II. (I've only explained a few of them, but others are simlar.)
American Defense Service Medal The medal was intended to recognize those military service members who had served on active duty between September 8, 1939 and December 7, 1941. Women's Army Corps Service Medal
Campaign medals American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Occupation medals Army of Occupation of Germany Medal Army of Occupation Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal "Awarded to commemorate the services of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel in the occupation of certain territories of the enemies of the U.S. during World War II" and recognized those personnel who participated in the European and Asian occupation forces during, and following World War II. The medal was also bestowed to personnel who performed duty in West Berlin between 1945 and 1990. Medal for Humane Action The medal recognizes those military service members who performed extended duty in support of the Berlin Airlift.
Victory medals World War I Victory Medal World War II Victory Medal The medal was awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946
Then there's the Korean Service Medal, awarded for military service within territorial limits or service that directly supported the military efforts in Korea.
And the Korea Defense Service Medal, first created in 2002 when it was signed into law by President George W. Bush, authorized for those members of the United States Armed Forces who have served duty in South Korea after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in support of the defense of the Republic of Korea. To qualify for the KDSM, a service member must have served at least thirty consecutive days in the Korean theater. The medal is also granted for 60 non-consecutive days of service which includes reservists on annual training in Korea.
And of course the Good Conduct Medal, either Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force. or Coast Guard
The Good Conduct Medal is one of the oldest military awards of the United States Armed Forces. The U.S. Navy's variant of the Good Conduct Medal was established in 1869, the Marine Corps version in 1896, the Coast Guard version in 1923, the Army version in 1941, and the Air Force version in 1963; the Air Force Good Conduct Medal was discontinued from February 2006 to February 2009. The medal is awarded to any active-duty enlisted member of the United States military who completes three consecutive years of "honorable and faithful service". During times of war, the Good Conduct Medal may be awarded for one year of faithful service.
So even in 1869, sailors would get a medal just for showing good conduct!
And I'm pretty sure I've left out some. If you don't have one you're entitled to, go to webpages like http://www.dmzwar.com/koreamedalcoldwarcert.html
In fact some say that when Jacob's 12 sons went off to summer camp, they got trophies just for being on the archery team, even if they couldn't shoot worth a darn. (FWIW, only 6 could go at one time because there were chores to do at home.)
So I guess those yuppie parents who want their little darlings to get a trophy just for showing up have a long string of examples to go by.