Legion of Honour Ceremony at Calgary
Engaged with the Winnipeg Rifle Regiment, the veteran George Couture landed on Juno Beach in June 1944. Wounded during the Normandy campaign, he spent a year in jail, before joining the Princess Patricia Light Infantry. He then participated to the Korean War in 1952, where he conducted some peacekeeping operations and served 30-years in the armed forces.
To aknowledge his bravery, George Couture has been awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor, one of France’s highest distinctions. A ceremony orchestrated by the honorary Consul of France in Calgary Roy Klassen and Mr. Gérard Carlier, ex-honorary Consul in Calgary and now representing the Souvenir Français, was held in Calgary on January 24th, 2015 at the Military Museum.
George Couture was accompanied with members of his family, including RCMP Superintendant R (Bob) Couture, MP Joan Crockatt, Calgary Centre, MLA Mike Ellis, Calgary West and some veterans, cadets and members of the National Defense Department (DND) and the director of the French Alliance in Calgary.
In this video, George Couture tells us about his war experience:
Media also attended the ceremony.
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