To mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the government of France has advised the Ministry of Defence that it wishes to award the Légion d’Honneur to all surviving veterans who fought in the campaign for the liberation of France, which began on the 6 June 1944.
The Légion d’Honneur was established to recognise outstanding individual merit and is France’s top accolade for an elite group of people who distinguish themselves through civilian or military valour.
Veterans are being encouraged to come forward with their applications for this prestigious award, and David Hanson, MP for Delyn, is eager to help as many people as possible receive the honour that they are rightfully due. Surviving veterans need to contact Mr Hanson’s constituency office where his team will aid in the application process.
Mr Hanson said:
“The French government’s offer of the Légion d’Honneur to all surviving veterans who fought for the liberation of France from fascism is a moving tribute. These brave and valiant men put their lives in danger not only for their nation but for the freedom of Europe.
“I am pleased to be able to offer help to those veterans in getting their Légion d’Honneur. If you served in any campaign to liberate France from 6 June 1944 to the end of the Second World War you are eligible, and I urge you to contact my office where we will do our utmost to help.
“My contact details can be found here