Former British soldier awarded La Legion d’Honneur
On 1 June 2016 in Cape Town, Mr. Leonard Harries, a former British soldier was be awarded La Legion d’Honneur for his efforts in Normandie, France, during the Second World War in 1944.
The ceremony took place on board French Navy Ship La Grandière which is in Cape Town from 28 May to 2 June 2016.
Those attending were welcomed by Consul of France in Cape Town, Mr. Xavier d’Argoeuves, Defence Attaché Colonel Jean-Marie Monot and Commanding Officer of La Grandière, Lieutenant-Commander Nicolas Napal.
During the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day on 6 June 2014, French President François Hollande announced that all veterans of Normandie will receive France’s higest honour - La Legion d’Honneur.
Said Colonel Monot in his address: "This ceremony is not only a big ’thank you’ to men who were ready to give their lives to liberate us, it is also a message we, the French people, send to every citizen of the United Kingdom, that we shall never forget".
Read Colonel Monot’s speech:
Mr Leonard Harries is a British citizen residing in South Africa. He joined the Royal Air Force at the age of eighteen.