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D-Day Legion d'Honneur Award by France

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Hundreds of D-Day veterans are to receive the French Legion d’Honneur before the end of 2015. Aircrew Remembered have been informed by several survivors that they have been contacted and that they are to receive the French government's highest honour (not available posthumously) We feel that as many relatives as possible be informed of this announcement as soon as possible.

The Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by "all" surviving veterans of the Normandy landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion d’Honneur.

This recognition extends “beyond the troops who actually landed on and fought their way up the beaches 70 years ago, and will include Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who operated in support of the landings”.

Requests for the award should be made on this form (click and it should download to your computer)  (DOC NO LONGER AVAILABLE) and will be processed by the Ministry of Defence, who will forward the details to the French authorities. The French authorities will then make all the final decisions on the awards. 

Any veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to the address as shown below. The French government will be reviewing the applications, so MOD is unable to give any guidance on timings or the arrangements for the presentation of the awards. Awards "will not" be given posthumously, and any further questions should be directed to the French authorities.

The application form can be submitted electronically to the following address
[email protected]
or by post to:
Personnel and Training - Defence Services Secretary 
- Commemorations 
Floor 6 Zone C 
Ministry of Defence 
Main Building 
LONDON 
SW1A 2HB
 
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Article ID: 122
Category: Knowledgebase
Date added: 2016-07-20 15:14:51
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