Four Canadian veterans from Vancouver Island to receive French Legion of Honor Award
Three Canadian veterans now living in Victoria, Mr. William Heil, Mr. Alan Bodman and Mr. Louis Attanzi, who landed on June 1944 in Normandy to restore peace and freedom in Europe, have been bestowed of the French Legion of Honor Award during a ceremony hosted by Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver on November 27th 2014.
Another ceremony was held at Comox on November 28th. Wing Commander (retired) James Francis “Stocky” Edwards, CM, DFC & Bar, DFM, CD, was named as a Knight in France’s Legion of Honour by French Consul General Jean-Christophe Fleury. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia also attended the ceremony.
“The accomplishments of Canadians during the Second World War are a vibrant reminder of the profound and historic friendship that bound France and Canada, aknowledged Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General. Our two countries owe each other their very existence as free nations and this indeed creates a special relationship. The French people will never forget the acts of bravery that accomplished Canadians performed during D-Day to help restore our freedom.”
In total, 486 D-Day Canadian veterans will receive the award this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, which saw the Allies create a foothold in German-occupied France and eventually led to the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control.
Island veterans earn French Legion of Honour for wartime service, Times Colonist
Edwards adds another Honour to his ‘Stock’, The Comox Valley Record