Chatham native receives high French honours

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Consul General of France in Vancouver Jean-Christophe Fleury pins the Legion of Honour medal on Tsawwassen's Lock Laurie Friday, Jan. 30 at a ceremony at Delta Hospital.   Photograph By Dave Willis of the Delta Optimist
Consul General of France in Vancouver Jean-Christophe Fleury pins the Legion of Honour medal on Tsawwassen’s Lock Laurie Friday, Jan. 30 at a ceremony at Delta Hospital. Photograph By Dave Willis of the Delta Optimist

By Dave Willis, courtesy The Delta Optimist

Second World War veteran and Chatham native Lock Laurie, 89, was presented with a medal marking France’s highest decoration last Friday.

Awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, Laurie received the medal from Vancouver’s French Consul General Jean-Christophe Fleury in a ceremony at Delta Hospital. It recognizes Laurie’s efforts to help restore freedom to France.

Laurie said the consul general and the French people in general went out of their way to recognize him.

“That’s the big word in all of this. The medal is something, but being recognized is what everybody’s looking for.”

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