Honoring veterans of WWI and WWII in Tennessee [fr]
Consul General Louis de Corail will decorate 8 WWII veterans with the Legion of Honor and participate in a Tennessee Great War Commission Commemoration Ceremony in Nashville and Jackson, Tennessee.
Consul General Louis de Corail honored 8 American WWII veterans from Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony at the Nashville Public Library on November 4, 2016.
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest honor in France. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, it recognizes eminent services to the French Republic. Recipients of this honor are designated by the President of the Republic, François Hollande.
“Having recently taken over my role as Consul General of France to the U.S. Southeast, I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to honor these veterans, in the name of the French Republic, for participation in liberating France from oppression in1944-45,” said the Consul General.
The following veterans received this award in recognition of their courage:
• James L. Bass from Carthage, TN (Technical Sergeant, 457th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force)
• Richard J. Eiseman from Memphis, TN (Technical Sergeant, 331st Bombardment Squadron, 94th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force)
• Norman L. Elzeer from Murfreesboro, TN (Technical Sergeant, 461st Bombardment Group, 2114th Army Air Force Base Unit)
• Dana F. Anderson from Johnson City, TN (Staff Sergeant, 856th Bombardment Squadron, 492nd Bombardment Group)
• Howard Polin from Huntsville, AL (Corporal, 18th Weather Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force)
• Vincent J. Patterson from Signal Mountain, TN (Deck Engineer, United States Merchant Marine)
• Bradford Clark Freeman from Caledonia, MS (Private First Class, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Platoon, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division)
In addition, the wife of Andrew Dolan from Crossville, TN (Staff Sergeant, 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Air Force) accepted the medal on behalf of her late husband.
The Consul General then went to Jackson, TN, where he participated in an opening commemoration ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church for the 2016 Tennessee Great War Commission Symposium, which aims to tell the story of the Volunteer State and its citizens during World War I.
April 2017 will mark the centennial of the United States’ entrance into the Great War. Since 2014, commemorative events have gathered together world leaders from the five continents to pay homage to the lost and remember the past. In this same spirit of commemoration, over the next two years, the French Consulate will support and assist WWI celebrations throughout the US Southeast. These celebrations are a valuable reminder of the importance of maintaining strong ties between our countries and strengthening our mutual friendship.
Have a look of the Ceremony at our Flickr account: Ceremony Veterans