US WWII Veterans received the French Legion of Honor
On April 6, 2017, US WWII Veterans received the medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor from the hands of Consul General of France, Sujiro SEAM at the Texas Flying Legends Museum, at Ellington Field:
- Joseph Westmoreland (from Livingston)
- Julio Zaccagni (from Houston)
- Brona Bottoms (from Marquez)
- Stanley Simon (from Beaumont)
- Ben Townes (from Lake Jackson)
- Albert Haley (from Spring) unfortunately could not attend the ceremony.
- Another WWII Veteran, Aron Wooten, passed away recently, his widow received the medal on his behalf.
About 200 people attended this moving ceremony including service members of the US Air Force, Marines, US Army, US Coast Guards and French Air force. A Color Guard by students from Clear Lake High School JROTC opened the ceremony. MSgt Promise Harris, 147th Attack Wing and soprano Renée Porter from the French American Vocal Academy sang the American and French Anthems.
Students from Awty International School read biographies of the Veterans before Consul General of France in Houston, Sujiro Seam, pinned the French Legion of Honor on their chests. He was assisted by a pilot of the French Air Force.
To mark the Centennial of the US entry into WWI on 6 April 1917, Colonel Gary D. Jones, Commander 147th Attack wing, read a letter from a WWI unknown soldier.
Click here for the TV channel 12 report
This event was sponsored by Crédit Agricole.