British D-Day vets given France's highest honour

24th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, May 24 (AFP) - Seven British veterans of the D-Day campaign were awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion d'Honneur, on Monday for their part in the landings which began the country's liberation.

LONDON, May 24 (AFP) - Seven British veterans of the D-Day campaign were awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion d'Honneur, on Monday for their part in the landings which began the country's liberation.

The medals were handed to the elderly ex-soldiers by France's ambassador to Britain, Gerard Errera, at a ceremony at Admiralty House in central London, just two weeks before the 60th anniversary of the landings.

The men were given the Legion d'Honneur - awarded either for gallantry in war or particularly distinguished service in military or civilian life - for their huge contributions to the D-Day campaign.

Among them was Percy Redfern, who took part in the especially perilous task of clearing Gold Beach of mines on the first day of the landings, later doing the same thing on roads across northern France.

Another veteran, Gordon Fleming, was an airborne commando who was seriously wounded in fierce fighting to take the key Pegasus Bridge canal crossing in Normandy.

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Subject: French news

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