ANZAC Day at the Embassy of France
On Saturday the 25th of April, the Embassy of France held a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli by the ANZACs.
Those present included the Attorney General of New Zealand and The Honourable
Chris Finalyson QC MP, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force and Major General David Gawn, the Chief of the New Zealand Army as well as other high ranking members of both defence forces.
Also present were Dr. Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, Mr. Kerry Stokes, Acting Chairman of the Australian War Memorial as well Australian members of parliament, veterans and members of the diplomatic community.
- Air Commodore (Rtd) Blue Connely (left) and Mr. John Bryson both received the Legion of Honour © A. Wilson
Following the commemorations, Mr. John Bryson and Mr. Langton Connelly received the Legion of Honour from Mr Cédric Prieto, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the Embassy of France in Australia, in recognition of their contribution to the liberation of France during the Second World War.
They received their medals in the presence of their family and friends as well as members of the Australian and New Zealand Defence forces, politicians and members of the diplomatic community.
They were decorated following an initiative announced on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War, when the President of the French Republic decided to honour veterans who fought for the Liberation of France by bestowing them the insignia of the Legion of Honour.
The Legion of Honour is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France, which recognises distinguished services for France.