The Consul General of France Visits Northern Louisiana [fr]
From January 21 to 23, 2015, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Gregor Trumel, and the Attaché of Cooperation and Education, Raymond Hinz, traveled to the north of the state. The trip included stops in Ruston, Monroe, and Shreveport.
In addition, Pam Breaux, from the office of Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, accompanied Mr. Trumel and Mr. Hinz to Poverty Point, geographic earthworks listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visit was made in hopes of promoting research and preservation of the site, as well as to reinforce scientific and educational cooperation between Louisiana and France.
The diplomats went on to meet with the Mayor of Monroe, Mr. Jamie Mayo, who granted them the keys to the city. The Consulate General of France foresees future visits and the development of multiple educational, university, and economic initiatives in mutual collaboration.
On January 22, during a moving reception held at Centenary College, three veterans of the Second World War were honored with the Legion of Honor Medal for their service: Mr. Rollin H. Cochran, Mr. Ethan A. Gillispe, and Dr. William C. Wilkins, Jr.
Mr. Hubert Joyner, a fourth honored veteran, received the award posthumously. Mrs. Virginia Joyner, the widow of the late veteran, accepted the award for her husband with warm and dignity.
The welcoming and solemn reception was held in the presence of the Mayor of Shreveport, the President of the university, family and friends of the veterans, and many students of the Centenary College, as well as many invited members of the local French community. The ceremony concluded with a singing of “La Marseillaise”.
The Consulate General of France in Louisiana expresses its sincere thanks to the veterans for their sacrifices in time of war. France will never forget.
Cooperation with the dynamic Centenary College and its President, Mr. David Rowe, is stronger than ever. Centenary has put forth numerous impressive initiatives for its programs in French Studies and towards cultural and educational collaboration with France. Thanks especially to Dana Kress, our Honorary Consul in Shreveport, for a remarkable and productive visit.