Elza Tucker To Be Awarded French Legion Of Honor Medal

Thursday, July 07 at 10:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Lowell, Ark., resident Elza Tucker will receive the French Legion of Honor Medal on Friday, July 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lowell City Hall (220 S. Lincoln St.) for his combat experience and actions in the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach. The public is invited to the event.

Tucker, serving with the 2nd Armored Division, first stepped on French soil on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944, three days following the initial D-Day landings.The Legion of Honor, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest decoration bestowed in France.

U.S. Senator John Boozman will present the French Legion of Honor to Tucker during the ceremony.

The Ambassador of France to the United States regularly honors American veterans* of the two World Wars. Paying tribute to those veterans is a way to express France’s gratitude toward those who risked their lives — and in many cases, gave their lives — defending liberty. American veterans who risked their lives on French territory qualify to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Veterans must have fought in one of the four main campaigns of the Liberation of France: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, or Northern France. 

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