Presentation of the Légion d’honneur to 55 World War II veterans.
In 2007, 55 WWII Canadian veterans of all branches and services were presented the cross of « Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur » for their exemplary bravery during the battles for the liberation of France
Under the D-Day 60th Anniversary, Victory in Europe and the Veteran year celebration in Canada, the French Government decided to honour Canadian veterans and to show the recognition of France to Canada, thus keeping duty of memory alive.
The process initiated in 2004 to select candidates, leaned on a wide research all over Canada. The 55 veterans who were decorated in 2007 symbolized all the geographical and ethnic aspects of Canada.
The Military Mission at the French Embassy fulfilled the mission in close cooperation with ministries of veterans affairs and National Defence of Canada, the Veterans associations and the Chancellery of Rideau Hall on charge of medals and Honours.
The Ambassador of France went to Toronto, Winnipeg and Moncton to present personally the medal to the veterans. The French Consuls organised wonderful and emotional ceremonies in close coordination with local associations and regiments.
Local press largely reported the event. Those presentations showed how Canada respect and devotion to Veterans were great.