Show the same level of commitment the Normandy Veterans exhibited in June 1944 to ensure these brave men and women receive the Légion d'Honneur medal graciously promised to the Veterans by the French President over a year ago - before it's too late.
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During the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Normandy campaign In June 2014, the French President Francois Hollande made a promise that all veterans of that campaign would be awarded their highest decoration, The Legion d’Honneur.
The Ministry of Defence have been responsible for processing the initial applications for this gracious offer from the French Government but over a year later another anniversary has passed and very few have received the medals they applied for.
Sadly, many who applied for this decoration have passed away before receiving their medal and the award is not made posthumously, meaning their medals will not even be sent to the families of those who have died while waiting. With an average age of 95, over 10 of these courageous veterans are dying every week, meaning at least 500 are likely to have died without seeing their medal. Despite their failing health, hundreds of the Normandy Veterans still managed to make the pilgrimage to the Normandy beaches again this year to remember the role they played and pay their respects to fallen comrades. But few were able to wear their medal with the pride they clearly feel about their role in the Normandy campaign or to thank the French people in person for that honour. And understandably, many veterans are now feeling frustrated and disappointed with the way they’ve been treated and communicated with by the Ministry of Defence.
Please support this petition to the Ministry of Defence and help the remaining veterans receive the acknowledgement they so rightly deserve.
For many, time is running out.
(In memory of 'Wally' a good friend and shipmate aboard HMS Frobisher, who sadly passed away earlier this year)
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