Five aging veterans from the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys have been awarded France’s highest honor, being named members of the country’s Legion of Honor in a ceremony in Valley Village recognizing their World War II service.
The consul general of France pinned the decoration on the lapels of the five during a ceremony at Temple Adat Ari El in Valley Village Tuesday, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. They were among thousands of surviving World War II veterans being honored by France for fighting to free Europe from the Nazis.
“This is a very special day,” said Christophe Lemoine , the French consul general in Los Angeles, according to the Daily News. “I知 here to express the gratitude of the people of France to all American and Allied veterans of the Second World War. And particularly, today, to five exceptional men.
As young men, they left their homes to finally liberate not only France, but the whole European continent. And through this, they defended democracy and human rights.”
The five were Herbert Moore, 92, of Sherman Oaks, Nathan D. Jaffe , 99, of Valley Village, J.C. Ashley, 96, of Bradbury in the San Gabriel Valley, Miles H. Indermill of North Hills and William R. Fuller of Sylmar
More than 50 wives, children, descendents, friends and veterans supporters watched the ceremony.
—City News Service