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The French Embassy in Washington Honors 100 American D-Day Veterans (3)

The French Embassy in Washington Honors 100 American D-Day Veterans (3)

France Says Than You to America : American World War II Veterans to be decorated in Paris and Normandy Commemorating  60th Anniversary of D-Day. Air France Tailors Special Flight For Veterans And Companions. Source: Embassy of France, Washington D.C. (MAE Photo – F. de la Mure)

In an official award ceremony, 99 U.S. Veterans have received the French Legion of Honor from the French Minister of Defense, Michèle Alliot-Marie. The ceremony took place on June 5, in Paris, at the Hotel des Invalides, the most prestigious historic military building in Paris. On this picture, we can see French Ambassador to the U.S. Jean-David Levitte with a new decorated Veteran. MAE Photo – F. de la Mure.

French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte with a decorated Veteran

The one hundred World War II veterans honoured on June 3 at the French Embassy will receive the French Legion of Honor in France during the official D-Day commemorations in Paris and Normandy.

The 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings will constitute a historic event and a wonderful occasion to celebrate the long and lasting friendship between the United States and France.

Today's reception, held at the French Embassy, honors one hundred veterans who, 60 years ago, were among the tens of thousands who fought for the liberation of France and Europe. This event takes place a few hours before a special flight leaves from Washington D.C. to Paris, on the evening of June 3, taking the one hundred World War II American veterans to France.

The French Embassy has partnered with Air France and other French companies and individuals to offer veterans and their guests business class service. Arrival, departure and on-board service will be customized for this special flight to ensure a comfortable and restful trip to Paris.

Veterans will be invited to stay at some of Paris's finest hotels.

By decision of the President of the French Republic, the 100 veterans—who were selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—have been invited to France to attend the celebrations marking the Normandy landings. In an official award ceremony, 99 of them will receive the French Legion of Honor from the minister of defense, Michèle Alliot-Marie. The ceremony will take place on June 5, in Paris, at the Hotel des Invalides, the most prestigious historic military building in Paris.

On June 6, the veterans will travel to Normandy on a special train. There, the 100th veteran will be presented with the insignia of the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Jacques Chirac, during an international ceremony at Arromanches, Normandy.

Prior to their U.S Departure on June 3rd, a reception will be held in Washington in honor of the one hundred veterans and their guests with officials, representatives of participating French companies and individuals – as well as students from Washington schools. The reception is open to media by invitation at 4:30 p.m. at the French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington D.C.

For more information contact: Nathalie Loiseau, French Embassy (202) 944-6070 Chris Maio, Air France, (212) 830-4356

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
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