It was a pleasure today to present Edmonton Griesbach constituent Paul Lefaivre, 92, with a congratulatory certificate for his recent award. Paul was awarded France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, that country’s highest decoration, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Paul is a D-Day vet and was in the Royal Canadian Navy.
I first met him more than 20 years ago when I interviewed him for an Edmonton Sun feature story I wrote on D-Day. We then got to know each other very well when we sailed to Europe on the QE2 in 1994 as part of a commemorative trip for veterans returning to the shores of Normandy.
With so many veterans aboard the ship, there was no end to the great material for news columns that I filed daily to the newspaper. Congrats on your award, Paul. And thanks for your service to this country.