Ambassador Araud decorates WWII vets in Virginia
On April 8, Ambassador of France to the U.S. Gérard Araud visited Richmond, the capital of the state of Virginia. During this visit, he honored five American World War II veterans who participated in the Normandy landings in June 1944, leading to the subsequent liberation of Europe.
Before awarding these veterans with the Legion of Honor, Ambassador Araud stated, “Never will we forget that without you, our American friends, we would not have been able to preserve our freedom.”
Ambassador Araud also met with the Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who took part in the decoration ceremony. They discussed, alongside several members of the governor’s staff, the vitality of relations between Virginia and France.
Recalling the ties that bind France and Virginia—not only economic and cultural in nature, but also historical—the ambassador and Governor McAullife touched upon the arrival of the Hermione, an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America, on the Virginia coast this June.
Finally, Ambassador Araud talked with students at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which is currently hosting a temporary exhibition entitled The Art of the Flower, showcasing the works of Manet, Gauguin, Degas and Van Gogh.