Legion of Honor Award Ceremony As Delivered by Secretary of Defense
Legion of Honor Award Ceremony
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel, Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
President Hollande, Ambassador Delattre, members of the armed services,
ladies and gentlemen: On behalf of President Obama and the United States
Department of Defense, and all Americans, I thank President Hollande and the
citizens of the French Republic for honoring the American Unknown Soldier of
World War II.
U.S. Defense Secretary greets French President at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington
While this soldier’s identity is unknown, the meaning of his sacrifice is
not. He died helping liberate a continent, building a just peace, and upholding
the right to be free. His service helped change the tide of human history, and
deepened the bonds between our nations. Today, we honor that service, and the
service of all Americans who served and died in World War II.
And we celebrate centuries of friendship between our nations and between our
militaries. That friendship endures. Together, the United States and France are
partners around the world in defending our shared values and building a more
We are proud to be writing the next chapter in this long and storied
Mr. President, we are deeply honored by your presence today, and by this