D-Day veterans should apply for French award

D-Day veterans in Bedfordshire are being called to apply for the Legion D’Honneur, the prestigious French award, for their part in the Normandy landings.

The Government of France wishes to award the veterans in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the landings.

However, the award is not only for the landings, but also the wider Battle for Normandy, the Invasion of Provence, and the Liberation of Paris.

Any veterans, not only troops that landed, but also Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who operated in support of the landings, are invited to submit their details to the Ministry of Defence.

In the section headed ‘reasons justifying the proposal’, brief details should be given of service in France.

The Royal British Legion are trying to trace as many war veterans as possible so they can be honoured with the award.

You can contact the Biggleswade British Legion secretary, Ann Fowler, on 01767 262318 for more information.

You can also apply for the award directly by visiting www.gov.uk/government/publications/d-day-70-application-form-for-award-of-the-legion-dhonneur