Five Veterans Awarded the Legion of Honor at WWII Museum


June 6, 2016 marked the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, when allied forces invaded the northern shores of Normandy in 1944.

In commemoration of those who fought for the liberation of Western Europe the National WWII Museum hosted a moving ceremony, during which Consul General Gregor Trumel awarded five veterans and their families with the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civil distinction.

Following a heartfelt speech, Consul General Trumel awarded D-Day veterans Mr. Frank W. Beadle, Mr. Carl G. Landwehr, Mr. Francis L. Miles, Mr. Gerald D. Moody, and Mr. John I. Rogers with the French Legion of Honor medal for their service during this monumental war. Mr. Frank W. Beadle’s award was accepted posthumously by his three sons.

In addition to cupcakes celebrating the museum’s sixteenth anniversary, the ceremony featured a performance by the National World War II Museum’s Victory Belles, a champagne toast by the Consul General, and a special singing of “La Marseillaise”.

The Consulate General of France in Louisiana is proud to honor the men and women that fought for our freedom against tyranny and oppression. France will never forget their bravery, sacrifice and acts of service.

WWII Veteran Bernard Friedenberg, a former member of the 1st Infantry Division in the landing on Omaha beach, also gave a moving speech about his experience in the war and the meaning of true acts of bravery.

Sons of veteran Frank W. Beadle accept the Legion of Honor on behalf of their father.

Gregor Trumel speaks with WGNO about the importance of remembering this day in history. The interview is available on the WGNO website at

Last modified on 06/07/2016

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