By Robert Frank
Twenty-three-year-old L/Bombardier Elwill Carnegie landed on Juno Beach at Courseulles sur mer, Normandy, on Nov. 6, 1944.
Seventy years later, the Republic of France honoured him for having helped to liberate the country.
During an official ceremony at the French consulate-general, Nov 10, French Army General Hervé Gobillard bestowed the Pointe Claire Villa St. Louis resident with the insignia of the Légion d’honneur—the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
Napoleon Bonaparte established the order—France’s highest decoration—more than two centuries ago.
Although most recipients are restricted to French citizens, foreigners like Carnegie who have served France or French ideals are eligible to receive the distinction.
Carnegie served with the 4th Canadian Anti-Aircraft Battery Regiment, 32nd Battery during World War II.
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