Veteran celebrates 100th birthday and receives French Legion of Honour

Reporters holding cameras and microphones lean towards an elderly couple who are both sitting in wheelchairs. The man wears a beret and a blazer with several military medals on it.
Members of the media interview Corporal Ian Wilson and his wife Betty after Corporal Wilson was presented with France’s Legion of Honour on June 15, 2019. PHOTO: Nicole LaTourelle, Deer Lodge Centre Foundation

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Second World War veteran Corporal (retired) Ian Wilson was made a Knight (Chevalier) of the Legion of Honour (Légion d’honneur), France’s highest national distinction for merit, on June 15, 2019, at his residence, Deer Lodge Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Corporal Wilson and his family celebrated his 100th birthday following the presentation, although he didn’t officially reach the century mark until two days later.

Corporal Wilson’s extraordinary wartime story began 75 years ago. Read the rest of the story . . .

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