Eight WWII Veterans were honoured on Feb. 12, 2010 at the City Hall in Jacksonville :
In presence of John Peyton, Mayor of Jacksonville, Bob Buehn, Chief of Military Affairs of Jacksonville, François Kloc, Honorary Consul and President of the Alliance française of Jacksonville and Lieutenant-Colonel Salas, the Consul General of France in Miami decorated six American veterans: Sirs Barnes, Di Bianco, Ellis, Ellison, Marini and Robertson.
In the name of the French President, Gaël de Maisonneuve bestowed them with the Legion of Honour, the highest French award, in the presence of Mr. Price and Towers, two veterans previously awarded.
At Jacksonville’s City Hall, the Consul general of France in Miami paid tribute to these eight men who fought for France 65 years ago.
As stated by Gaël de Maisonneuve in his speech, thanks to their courage, France was liberated and the independence restored, a freedom that allows the opening of six decades of peace.