COATESVILLE (August 28, 2018) –  Private First Class Steward Beavers, a World War II veteran, was presented with the French Legion of Honor Medal earlier this summer.

Beavers was presented with the medal, in recognition of his service in Northern France from 1944-1945, at a special ceremony hosted by the Coatesville VA Medical Center, Sahler-Sedan VFW Post 287, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

State Senator Andy Dinniman also honored Beavers with a special Senate citation in recognition of the award.

“Pfc. Beavers and so many other members of the Greatest Generation answered the call to service, bravely putting themselves in harm’s way in the hour of our nation’s greatest need,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, said. “We must always honor and remember his courage, service, and sacrifice and that of all of our veterans. 

“Our WWII veterans – a living link to our history – are sadly declining in number with each passing day, which is all the more reason why we must strive to live up to their shining example,” he added. 

The French Legion of Honor, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May of 1802.

American veterans who served in World War I on French soil or in World War II during the 1944 campaign to liberate France may be eligible to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal provided they are still living when the honor is approved. It is not awarded posthumously. 

 
 

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