Created two centuries ago, in 1802, by Emporer Napolean, the Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction, and recognizes exceptional service to France in various fields.
It rewards distinguished military and civil merits, and today rewards the courageous American soldiers, our friends and allies, who helped France fight against the barbarity of the Nazis, and liberate it from its occupied status.
On the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings, France decided to grant the Legion of Honor to all the U.S. veterans who fought on French soil, many of whom gave their lives in the name of freedom, and were therefore unable to receive this award. The Legion of Honor is not only a way to thank those who are still among us for their dedication and sacrifice, but also as a symbol of the Franco-American cooperation that has characterized our countries' efforts during World War II and throughout the course of our individual history as well.
Source: the Consulate General of France in Miami