D-Day 75th anniversary - celebrations in Texas
On May, 31st Consul General of France Alexis Andres awarded the Legion of Honor to Veteran Sgt. David A. Flaming Jr.
On May, 31st Consul General of France Alexis Andres awarded the Legion of Honor to Veteran Sgt. David A. Flaming Jr. The 100 year old centenarian and WWII D-Day Veteran was honored in Austin for his service in the DD landing in Normandy with the US Air Force. Sergeant Fleming received 6 Bronze Stars for his service in Normandy; Northern France; Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland and Air Offensive Europe.
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On June 1st, a gala honoring celebrating DDAY 75th anniversary was held at the Lone Star Flight Museum.
The consulate of France in Houston and the French-American Chamber of commerce in Houston paid tribute, in the name of the French community in Houston, to the heroes of the greatest generation by organizing a gala, both grave and jovial. The WWII veterans’ testimonies shed light on their commendable bravery and on the profound hope and humanity that they have advocated since then.
Our very special thanks to the veterans who attended the gala including WWII veterans Clyde Combs, Teddy Kirckpatrick, Harry Watson and Dusty Rhoads, the First Cavalry Division Band, the Joint Color Guard provided by Christopher Goverkar (75th Innovation Command), Soprano Renee Porter, Anthony DeToto (Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army), Nick Tran (Global Military and Veterans program at Schlumberger), Jim Darwin (Chairman of the Austin Veteran Parade Foundation), MC Ernie Manouse, the Lone Star Flight Museum, the Lone Stars Veterans Association, the 6th Cavalry Historical Association, Gala’s Chairman Patrick de Talance.
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On June 6th, 10 WWII veterans received the French Legion of Honor on Battleship Texas.
On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Consul General Alexis Andres awarded the Legion of Honor to 10 WWII veterans:
Private First Class James Blair; Master Sergeant James Ernst from Austin, TX; First Lieutenant James Gillepsie from Houston, TX; Private First Class Charles Harris from Pfugerville, TX; Staff Sergeant Teddy Kirkpatrick from Spring, TX; Achilles Kozakis from Colleyville, TX; Technical Sergeant Robert Sanchez from Round Rock, TX; First Sergeant Leland Shroeder from Franklin, TX; Private First Class Leon Thiel from Brenham, TX; First Lieutenant Harry Watson from Houston, TX.
The ceremony took place on Battleship Texas. USS Texas was part of the DDAY operation in Normandy and is the last remaining battleship to have served during the invasion.
The ceremony took place in the presence of local officials and military representatives.
The history of the legion of honor stems back to 1802 and is the highest, most prestigious decoration in France.
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