France recognizes many personalities, all very different but equally deserving

Many decoration ceremonies took place during the month of October such as those honoring Mr. Pierre Tristan Bourgoignie and Mr. Georges Miliband. The next ones will take place on the 11th and the 13th of November in Miami Beach and Tallahassee respectively in order to honor four World War II American veterans.
  • Remebrance ceremony in Miami Beach on November 11, 2012


The day of the commemoration of the Armistice signed November 11, 1918, three American WWII veterans who participated in the liberation of France during the conflict will be honored with the insignas of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. This high French distinction recognizes the exceptional services Mr. Norman Kaplan, Robert Sussman, and Ernest Wallis gave unconditionally to our country. France will never forget their engagement and their sacrifice.

The insigna of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur will be given during the ceremony “Honoring all who served” in Miami Beach on November 11th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Flamingo Park located on 11th street and Jefferson Avenue.

  • Remebrance ceremony in Tallahassee on November 13, 2012


On the 13th of November, the Consulate General of France in Miami will give the insigna of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur to Lieutenant Colonel Terell E. Yon for his merit and courage, which he demonstrated by taking part in the battles of World War II, alongside France.

The ceremony will take place in Tallahassee, Fl in the Golden Eagle Club Country Club, located at 3700 Golden Eagle Drive on November 13th at 1:30 pm.

  • The Consulate General of France in Miami also gave the insigna of Chevalier dans l’Ordre national du mérite to Pierre-Tristan Bourgoignie on October 20th 2012.


In Miami, in the presence of his family and his friends, Mr. Bourgoignie was recognized for his personal and professional career as well as his talents in the service of law. Over the years, Mr. Pierre-Tristan Bourgoignie, a lawyer certified by the Florida Bar and a specialist in the "Immigration and Nationality Act" has become an indispensable collaborator of this consulate, delivering invaluable assistance to the French community.

  • In Delray Beach, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami also distinguished Mr. Georges Miliband by awarding him the Medal of Honor of the ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bronze) on October 22nd 2012.


Mr. Miliband has worked for 35 years at the Consulate General of France in New York. A son of a deported family, Georges Miliband has committed to keep the memory of the heroes of the Second World War by investing in the organization of the decoration ceremonies for the American WWII veterans such as the one which took place at Delray Beach in May 2012 where 14 people were recognized.

Article published on November 8, 2012.

Last modified on 08/11/2012

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