News story: D-Day veterans – award of the Legion d'Honneur

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 using this application form 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:


Personnel and Training – Defence Services Secretary – Commemorations

Floor 6 Zone C

Ministry of Defence

Main Building

LONDON

SW1A 2HB


Or email it to PersTrg-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk

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.

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FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
The 'posthumous' is noted but is that absolute or can the award be given to someone who was alive on the 70th Anniversary but died a couple of weeks later?
 
I'm surprised it has taken so long for the MoD to publicise this. The D-Day veterans below are an RN minesweeper crewman presented with the Legion d'Honneur in June last year and an RASC Dukw-driver who received his in June this year. The fellow in the check shirt is a Dutch philanthropist living in Normandy who has single-handedly sought out entitled veterans and written them up for the award.

 

aghart

War Hero
The French have done this in association with the 70th anniversary of D Day. It is however open to all who fought in France from 6th June 1944 onwards and helped liberate France. It is open to survivors only, someone who died today or someone who dies before it is presented will not qualify. Bitter/Sweet, Bournemouth, Poole & District branch, Royal Tank Regiment Association has lost three Normandy veterans this year already, such a shame they will now not get their just reward.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
The French have done this in association with the 70th anniversary of D Day. It is however open to all who fought in France from 6th June 1944 onwards and helped liberate France. It is open to survivors only, someone who died today or someone who dies before it is presented will not qualify. Bitter/Sweet, Bournemouth, Poole & District branch, Royal Tank Regiment Association has lost three Normandy veterans this year already, such a shame they will now not get their just reward.
Thanks for the clarification - a bit of a shame, it would have meant a great deal to the family.
 
Despite all the French homework I bunked off doing at school, at the age of one hundred, Abu loofkar received his Légion d'honneur medal on Friday. Having done justice to the Ardbeg, we are now wondering where it should be correctly worn in relation to his WW2 service rack.
 

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