France’s top military decoration to be presented to Normandy veterans at the Battle of Britain Memorial in Kent

Contributed by editor on Feb 14, 2017 - 08:35 AM

Normandy veterans are to receive France’s top military decoration, La Légion d’honneur, in a simple ceremony at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne in Kent later this month.



The Presentation of La Légion d’honneur, will take place on 24 February 2017 at 3.30pm

War heroes from across the county will stand proudly to attention as James Ryeland, Honorary Consul for France at Dover, presents the awards at the clifftop memorial to the men who fought the Battle of Britain.

Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 3.30pm on Friday 24 February 2017 at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone, Kent CT18 7JJ.

Recipients include a former sister with the Imperial Military Nursing Service, a Lancaster navigator, a naval gunner and a Platoon Sergeant with the Royal Army Service Corps.

The ceremony follows an announcement by French Président François Hollande on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in June 2014 that all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France during the Second World War would be given France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’honneur.

Eligible servicemen and women took part in military operations in France between 1944 and 1945, and so the recipients are now in their nineties. Family and friends will be present but this is not a public event and The Wing will be closed to visitors.

The Honorary Consul presented around 25 veterans with the award in 2016, but this is the first time the Battle of Britain Memorial – home to the National Memorial to the Few – has been used as the venue.

Members of the press, including TV and radio broadcasters, are welcome at the event and every effort will be made to allow individual interviews with some of the veterans.

Please note that The Wing will be closed to the public from 2pm.

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