Orlando and Tampa: Remembrance ceremonies May 6 and 8, 2011

Orlando and Tampa: Remembrance ceremonies May 6 and 8

  • In Orlando

On May 6th, 2011, the Consul General of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve, went to Orlando where he presented the insignia of "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor to eight U.S. veterans who fought alongside France at World War II.

The ceremony was held in Lakeside Park in the town of Celebration.

The consulate thanks the Celebration Veterans Club, the Honorary Consul of France in Orlando, Brigitte Dagot, and Lucille Maloney and for their gret contribution to the organization of the ceremony in which more than 150 people were attending including Admiral Patrick Martin, Colonel Gregory Maida and Lieutenant Colonel William Breazeale as well as Sergeant Major Luis Garcia Jr.

  • In Tampa, the Consul General had the privilege and honor to decorate twelve other American heroes of World War II with the Legion of Honor.

The Honorary Consul of France in Tampa, Mr. Jean-Charles Faust, and Mrs. Rose-Marie Magriby, President of the The Tampa-Le Havre Sister Cities were also be present at this ceremony on May 8th, 2011, Victory in Europe Day 1945, the very day of the 66th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War II in Europe.

This ceremony was organized with the active support of these individuals as well as that of the University of Tampa, the Student Veterans Organization at the University of Tampa, the Tampa-Le Havre Sister Cities, the French American Business Council of West Florida, of Monin, Essilor and of the Mahoney Group.

Ceremony in Celebration (Orlando Area):
Contacts: Lucille Maloney lr.maloney@gmail.com

Ceremony in Tampa:
Contacts: Rose-Marie Magriby rmagriby@verizon.net

Last modified on 30/12/2011

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