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Legion d'honneur
or Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur ("National Order of the Legion of Honour") is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. 
   It is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five various degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand'Croix (Grand Cross).

The decoration of the Legion d' Honor is a star with five double rays, surmounted on a crown of oak and bay tree leaves. The center of the  white enameled star, is surrounded by branches of oak and baytree with the epigraph: " Republic Française".  On the reverse there are two Tricolours with the epigraph: "Honneur et Patrie" (Honor and Country).   and dates it: " 29 floréal year X". The currency of the Legion d' honor is " Honor and Patrie" , the color, red, badges: the collar, the cross, the plate.

Airborne Color Guard
parades past

Presidential Welcome
images of Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy adorn sign at the museum

Heads of State
U.S. President Barrack Obama, Prince Charles of Wales and Prime Minister of the UK James Gordon Brown
of England, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French President Nichols Sarkozy.

Award Speeches
were made by various French dignitaries

National Anthem
is played as 82nd Airborne men are shown saluting on huge TV screen

Veterans Waiting Patiently
Duke Boswell and Julius Eisner

Zane Schlemmer (508th)
displays his medal

Cipriano Gamez Honored
as Lt. "Sophie: observes the medal pinning

Chet Graham (508th)
was a proud recipient as well.

French Army Colonel Patrick Collet
presented Chet his medal

Bob Bearden (507th)
receives his Legion of Honor

Howard Hubner (507th)
stands tall with his new medal

Duke Boswell
donates a flag to the museum

Cipriano Gamez
with French military escorts

Read official French press release

French Officers assigned to escort Cipriano

Tom Hanks
with Cipriano and Rick Gamez

Bob Dole
(retired U. S. Senator) attended.  He is a WW-II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and was wounded in Italy

Elizabeth Dole
(prior U.S. senator) was there with her husband

Joe and Linda Hill
(on right) with French friends Dr. Pierre Henriet and Mae Lou Thomas
All Normandy 'D-Day Plus 65' trip photos are a multi-national mixture of work by Hervé Argoud, Hans DeBree, Rick Gamez, Gene Garren, Fred Hoek, Herbert Lahout, Randy Lewellen,  Cyndi Mathews, Bill Nation, Dick O'Donnell, Dominique Potier, Vivian Roger, Zane Schlemmer, Donald van den Bogert and  Nelly van Loo-Polley.  Individual credits have not been given.

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