Tuesday, 21 June 2016

As we contemplate this Europe of peace we must never forget the heroes....

It was Ernest Jones wish that he should be presented with the Legion d’Honneur medal which the French President had awarded him in recognition of his service in WW2. Ollie Cowans has the full story in this week's Southport Champion
Presenting Ernest Jones with his medal. Photo by Ollie Cowans
 Lynn Thompson contacted me to ask whether as Mayor I could present Ernest with his medal. I was, of course, delighted and privileged to do so. The ceremony took place in Southport Hospital this afternoon. In making the presentation I read from the letter sent to Ernest along with his medal this passage:

'As we contemplated this Europe of peace, we must never forget the heroes like you, who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France. We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life.'

It was a very humbling experience. I was pleased Ernest had his wished fulfilled and it was good to meet his wife, daughter and son in law. The should be very proud of their hero.

Ollie took a video of the event which he posted on twitter:

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