From the Normandy beaches to a Legion D’Honneur in Sydney

May 6, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Louis Solomons received the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur from the French Republic for his participation as a soldier in the liberation of France during WW11.

Louis Solomons with son David and daughter-in-law Audrey, grandchildren Lara and Judy and great grandchildren Jordan and Asa
Photo: Ben Apfelbaum

 

In a ceremony at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park in Sydney, French President Emmanuel Macron on a three day visit to

A word from Premier Gladys Berejiklian to Lou  Photo: Ben Apfelbaum

Australia, presented Louis with the award. The Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hosted the ceremony which took place in the presence of about 200 dignitaries including Government Ministers and top Military brass.

Louis was a Jewish soldier in the British Army and served as a Gunner in the 10th Medium Artillery Regiment which landed in Normandy after D-Day and supported the 2nd Canadian Army. Louis who is turning 102 years old in August was accompanied during the ceremony by his son David Solomons and daughter-in-law Audrey, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Louis told J-wire that he was happy to have survived the war and was elated to receive the award from the French President

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