Ambassador Lecourtier decorates five Australian veterans in Melbourne [fr]
The ceremony to confer the rank of Knight in the Legion in the legion of Honour on five Australian veterans who fought for the liberation of France during the Second World War took place on the 25th of February at the Honorary Consulate General of France in Melbourne.
Ambassador Lecourtier along with the Chief of the French Air Force, Air Chief Marshall Denis Mercier decorated Mr. Ronald Cleaver, Mr. James Coulter, Mr. Denis Kelly and Mr. Donald McDonald.
Unfortunately Mr. Keith Stevens was unable to make it to the ceremony and will be presented with his medal at a later date.
Major General Chalmers, First Assistant Secretary, Commemorations and War graves Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, was the Master of ceremonies and also represented the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson.
The Australian veterans received their insignia as part of an initiative to honour veterans who fought for the Liberation of France announced by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War.
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.