The ceremony for Normandy veterans to receive the Legion d’Honneur in May was a very special occasion. On 6th of June 1944, Europe was waking to the news that the Normandy landings had commenced and that Allied troops were beginning the liberation of Europe. In the evenings leading up to this, the French Air Force squadrons based at Elvington were flying missions over France in preparation for this day.
We can only imagine what it must have been like to be flying bombing missions over your own country, then seeing the huge armada crossing the sea as they returned home in the dawn light.
This large picture gallery from the recent medal ceremony shows all of the veterans from that day and is perhaps a suitable way to remember those challenging times and the proud men who survived to enjoy peace, plus of course the many, many men who didn’t.
Thank you to Vale Radio for the podcast that allows you to hear more of the ceremony. Thank you to photographer David Harrison for documenting this special day.