24 Veterans Awarded the Legion of Honor in Washington
On December 10, American veterans and their families gathered at the Maison Française to award 24 recipients with the Legion of Honor.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest decoration bestowed in France. Many American veterans that served in France during World Wars I and II have received this honor, particularly as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Europe by Allied Forces.
Olivier Sérot Almeras, Consul General of France in Washington, spoke to the veterans present at the ceremony, and thanked them for the sacrifices they made in the face of great danger so that French citizens could maintain their freedom.
"Without you Americans, we would have been unable to maintain our freedom," Mr. Sérot Almeras said, "We will never forget what you have done for us. This is the cornerstone between our two countries, our two people."
After being bestowed with the honor, the veterans gathered with their families and fellow brothers in arms to celebrate this important accomplishment.
The veterans awarded were George Alezander Aubrey, Arthur Breyer, Donald Coe, Clement Dowler, Frank Robert Feduik, Edward Franey Jr., William Georgov Jr., John Gordon, Robert Hall, Donald Hepler, John Horne, William Hornsby, Albion Hutcherson, Darius Jones, William Jucksch, Charles Keel, Joseph Maguire, William McCallister, Charles McGuire, James McLeod, William Minton Jr., Peter Munger, Eric Wiesenhutter, and Rudolph Zamula.