"This honor is further evidence that the contributions of our World War II veterans will be remembered by this nation and by our allies around the world whom they helped to free," said Principi.
To be eligible, a veteran must have served on French territory,in French territorial waters or in French airspace between June 6,1944 and May 8, 1945. The certificate will not be issued posthumously. Presentation of the certificates is expected to begin later this year.
The application form may be available from veteran service organizations. The application form is also available on a special internet site maintained by the French government WWW.INFO-FRANCE- USA.ORG.
The form should be mailed to the French Consulate in New York with a copy of any document showing proof of service in France between June 6, French Government Honors World War II Veterans 1944 and May 8,1945. The documents will not be returned,please send copies.
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