Norman Aasen of the Aldergrove branch 265 of the Royal Canadian Legion has been awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (Norman is seen in photo above with past president Sharon Brady).
This distinction was conferred on Aasen on Nov. 9, 2015, by the Ambassador of France to Canada, Nicolas Chapuis.
It is in recognition of Aasen’s “personal involvement in the liberation of (France) during World War II,” said Chapuis.
“Through you, France remembers the sacrifice of all your compatriots who came to liberate French soil.”
The insignia “attests to your courage and your devotion to the ideals of liberty and peace.”
The distinction was approved as required by Canadian regulations regarding the decoration of Canadian citizens by foreign states and was presented to Aasen at a ceremony at the Aldergrove Legion branch.