Congratulations to Bill Phillips!
Last week our resident Bill Phillips received a letter from the Ambassador of France to the UK appointing him the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur - the highest French order for military and civil merits!
There are 5 classes in the Legion of Honour with Chevalier being the highest; Bill received this honour from the President of the Republic in recognition of his military engagement and his involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.
The letter reads:
Dear Mr Phillips,
I have the pleasure of informing you that the President of the Republic has appointed you to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur.
I offer you my warmest congratulations on this high honour in recognition of your acknowledged military engagement and your steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.
As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you, who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France. We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life.
I am happy to enclose your insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and once again extend to you my heartfelt congratulations.
Since a large number of decorations has to be awarded between now and the end of this year, I shall be unable to present this honour personally to every single veteran. However, if you would like an award ceremony to be organised for you, I invite you to contact your region's French Honorary Consul, who has been informed and is at your disposal.
A ceremony for Bill to officially receive his medal will be organised at the Town Hall in Bournemouth.
Here's Bill with his insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur - we are so very proud of you Bill, congratulations!