Give Our Veterans Their Medals! – York MPs Urge Government To End “Unacceptable” Delays


By Mike Laycock in The Press.


York’s MPs have pledged to intervene to ensure Normandy veterans from the area are finally presented with France’s highest honour.

The French government marked the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings in 2014 by announcing that all allied survivors would receive the Legion d’Honneur.

But several veterans from York, some of whom travelled out to Normandy that year, are still waiting for their medals 21 months later.

They include Ken Smith of Wheldrake, who says they are all in their 90s and he fears some may die before they can be presented with their awards.

He told The Press he had written to several key people, including French President Francois Hollande and the British Prime Minister, and he had recently received assurances from 10 Downing Street that they would receive their medals very shortly.


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