Twelve World War II American veterans recognized by France aboard the USS WASP [fr]
Twelve World War II American veterans recognized by France with the Legion of Honor aboard the USS WASP at Port Everglades on May 9, 2015.
Picture: From right to left: French Senator Jacky Deromedi along with WWII Veterans and French Representative, Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre. Center: French Senator, Louis Duvernois. Left: French Consul general, Mr. Philippe Létrilliart.
Twelve World War II American veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor aboard a U.S. Navy ship at Port Everglades on May 9th on the occasion of the Broward Nvy Days or Fleet Week.
The Legion of Honor is the highest French distinction designed to reward eminent military & civil merits in the service of France.
The USS Wasp hosted the veterans at the event held one day after the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marks the formal surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in France and in Europe.
On the occasion, several dignitaries payed tribute to these 14 veterans: French Senator Jacky Deromedi, French Senator Louis Duvernois, French Rep. Frédéric Lefebvre and British Consul General David Prodger and of course, the Consul General of France in Miami, Philippe Létrilliart.
The ceremony was followed by the launching of the VICTORY FLORIDA campaign by the Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner. The campaign celebrates World War II’s heroes while highlighting the role Florida played during the WWII.
The next Remembrance ceremony is scheduled on June 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM in Boynton Beach.
Venue: Veteran’s Bicentennial Park
411 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.
The event is open to the press and to the general public.