On Tuesday, the Intrepid Museum hosted the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor) ceremony at which the Consul General of France, Jérèmie Robert, awarded U.S. Army veteran Louis M. Nittolo and U.S. Navy veteran George C. Thomsen with the prestigious honor for their role in helping to liberate France during World War II. The Legion of Honor is the highest French meritorious award for military and civil service to France. American and British veterans who served on French soil during World War II are also eligible to receive the accolade.
Joining the Consul General were Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner; President of the Federation of French War Veterans, Alain Dupuis; President of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Guy Wildenstein; Commissioner, New York City Department of Veteran Services, Lieutenant Colonel James Hendon; U.S. Army Brigadier General Thomas J. Tickner; and U.S. Navy Commander Penny L. Glover.
Portions of the ceremony will air during a special Veterans Day show on WABC-TV 7 in New York from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on November 11. The program will be broadcast from the WABC-TV 7 studios and from the Intrepid Museum.