President of National WWII Museum Awarded Legion of Honor [fr]
On May 20, 2016, Dr. Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, President and CEO of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA, was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris.
France’s highest honor was given in recognition of Dr. Mueller’s participation in the amazing development of the National World War II Museum (3rd most visited museum in the USA!), and its exceptional work towards the memory and preservation of the war’s history, including testimonials of the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.
Dr. Mueller received the award alongside the great American newscaster, Tom Brokaw, and well-known actor, Tom Hanks, tireless supporters of the museum. The medals were bestowed by French Army Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, Grand Chancellor of the Order of the Legion of Honor. A reception followed at the home of the United States Ambassador to France, Ms. Jane Hartley.
On Wednesday, May 25, an elegant reception in honor of Dr. Mueller’s achievements was held in New Orleans at Whitney Bank on St. Charles Ave. Speakers at the event highlighted the rapid growth of the museum and dedication of Dr. Mueller, before a large assembly of colleagues, friends, family, veterans, and members of the press.
Following a few remarks on the significance of the Legion of Honor, Consul General Grégor Trumel presented Dr. Mueller with the official certificate of his award.
Félicitations, Dr. Mueller, on this well-deserved distinction!