Ohio Legionnaire receives highest French honor

Parma , OH

At a ceremony during the post general membership December meeting, George Lizanich, a member of Joseph J Jacubic Post 572 in Parma, Ohio, was given the honor of becoming a “Knight of The National Order of Legion of Honour” by the French Consulate for his actions to liberate France while serving in the 66th Division in northern France from December 1944 to May 1945.
The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France. American veterans who risked their lives during world War II and who fought on French territory qualify to be decorated as Knights of the Legion of Honor.
The medal was presented by Honorary Consul of France Stephen “Josh” Knerly representing The Republic of France. Post Commander Don Lallo presented Lizanich with a special certificate from Post 572. District officers, post members, family and guests witnessed the ceremony. Post Adjutant Gerry Bucchioni organized and moderated the event.

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