Legion of Honor ceremony - Atlanta (05/31/2016) [fr]
Consul General Barbet bestowed the Legion of Honor upon 6 WWII veterans from Georgia on May 31. 12 veterans from North Carolina await decoration on June 15 in Charlotte.
Six World War II veterans from Georgia were awarded the French Legion of Honor on May 31, 2016 during a ceremony at the French Residence by Consul General Denis Barbet. The award was bestowed in recognition of their participation in liberating France in 1944-1945.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, it recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, François Hollande.
Joseph Akin from Fayetteville, Louis S. Anderson from Lexington, Dolas D. Bain from Trenton, Ernest Walls from Monroe, and Frederick O. Scheer from Atlanta received the medal in recognition of their courage. In addition, the wife of Robert T. Bowen from Athens was present to accept the medal on behalf of her late husband.
“It is a tremendous honor for me to thank, on behalf of my country, the American veterans who participated in the liberation of France more than 70 years ago,” said Consul General Barbet. “We wish to give these men their due honor and to assure them that the French people have not forgotten their heroic service. We are forever grateful to them.”
On June 15, Consul General Barbet will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, where twelve WWII veterans from North Carolina will also be decorated.
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