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September 20th 2017

French Consul present medal to war veteran

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Prestigious Légion d’honneur medal presentation

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014, the President Hollande of France announced that the prestigious Légion d’honneur medal would be awarded to all British veterans who fought for the liberation of France during the Second World War.

Since June 2014, more than 5,000 medals have been awarded and earlier this month (9 September) Mr Walter Cooper, a 96 year old D Day veteran and Toton resident, was presented the Légion d’honneur by Jean-Claude Lafontaine, the East Midlands based Honorary Consul of France.

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Walter’s family joined him at the event

The event that took place at the Methodist Church, on Stapleford Lane, Toton, where over 30 of Walter’s family and friends joined him at this special ceremony, as well as representatives from the Army’s 7th Infantry Brigade, the Chesterfield Royal Army Service Corps and Royal Corps of Transport Association and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association.

Jean-Claude Lafontaine, the Honorary Consul of France for the East Midlands, said: “As an Honorary Consul of France and a former serviceman myself, it is a tremendous honour to present Mr Cooper with France’s highest recognition.  His actions and his bravery have saved our democracies, they have changed the lives of millions of people, establishing justice and peace on our continent, and for all that he deserves the highest expression of our gratitude.”

“As an Honorary Consul of France and a former serviceman myself, it is a tremendous honour to present Mr Cooper with France’s highest recognition."