Ceremony awarding the Legion of Honor in Adelaide [fr]
On the 15th of December, the Ambassador of France to Australia, M. Christophe Lecourtier, and the Consul General M. Eric Berti, were in Adelaide for a medal ceremony to honor two Australian ex-servicemen.
Doctor Rex Lipman AO ED (92 years), ex-commando and lieutenant colonel, was elevated to the rank of Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honor. M. Lipman has formerly served as President of the southern Australian section of the Society for the Members of the Legion of Honor (SMLH) and the National Association for the Members of the National Order of Merit (ANMONM).
M. Angus Hughes (92 years), ex-bomber and lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was the other medal recipient. He was shot down after 32 flight missions during World War Two and made a prisoner of war. He was awarded with the rank of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor.
A number of people were present at the ceremony including the friends and families of the medal recipients. Two other Australian ex-servicemen and recipients of the Legion of Honor were also present, M. Bob Cowper, OAM DFC (91 years) and Fred
Riley (95 years), both former RAAF pilots.
M. Bruce Bland, the new President of the Australian section of the SMLH, and Doctor William Land AM, President of the Australian section of the ANMONM were also present.