On June 20, three WWII American Veterans: Charles LAWSON, Harlow CONRAD and Daniel TOWERY were bestowed the Legion of Honor in the presence of Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas. Béatrice Moore, Honorary Consul of France in Arkansas, said that they displayed the virtues of bravery and commitment that embody the essence of knighthood through their service against the Axis forces of the War. The ceremony which took place at the State Capitol, in Little Rock, Arkansas was very moving.
It was the first time that the three Veterans and their families came to the State Capitol and met the Governor. Mike Beebe gave an overview of their action during the war while Mrs Moore pinned the insignia of the Legion of Honor and Mr. Moore gave the Veterans a Certificate naming them Knights in the order of the Legion of Honor, signed by the President of the French Republic.
Silence and solemnity filled the room while Béatrice Moore expressed the gratitude of France towards the brave soldiers who were dignified and proud. They had brought pictures of themselves when they were 20 years old. The son of one of the Veterans discovered for the first time, with great emotion, what his father had done during the war.
The Veterans were deeply touched to be honored by France in the presence of the Governor and their families. Participants to this ceremony have all declared that they appreciate very much France’s expression of gratitude.
Our three heroes answered gladly questions from the numerous reporters who attended the ceremony.