WWII Vet Awarded Legion Of Honor

Mr. Edward L. Chan (middle) was presented a Certificate of Recognition by Monmouth County officials (left to right: Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, Commissioner Ross F. Licitra, Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone, Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linskey, County Surrogate Maureen T. Raisch and Commissioner Nick DiRocco) in honor of receiving the French Legion of Honor Award from the French Consulate for his military service during World War II. Photo Courtesy of Monmouth County Government. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County)

  LINCROFT – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners hosted a French Legion of Honor ceremony for World War II veteran, retired United States Private First Class Edward L. Chan, a Monmouth County resident, at Brookdale Community College.

  The Consul General of France in New York, Mr. Jérémie Robert, presented the insignia of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” (Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor) to Mr. Chan.

  He declared: “I am very humbled to bestow the Legion of Honor upon Mr. Edward L. Chan, whose bravery will never be forgotten. This prestigious distinction is an expression of the deep gratitude that the French people have for the Americans who contributed to the liberation of France during World War II.”

  Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone, Elodie Massaro of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor and Mr. Edward L. Chan also made remarks at the ceremony.

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  “On behalf of the entire Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, I would like to present Mr. Chan with a Proclamation in honor of not only the French Legion of Honor medal he will receive today, but also for the United States Congressional Gold Medal that he was awarded in 2020,” said Commissioner Director Arnone. “Mr. Chan was unanimously selected by the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project – Congressional Gold Medal Review Committee to receive this honor in recognition of his dedicated service during World War II. The entire Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners congratulates Mr. Chan for his well-deserved medals and international recognition he has received.”

  “To this day the Legion of Honor has remained the premier distinction of France and it is that same magnificent medal hanging from its red moiré ribbon that Emperor Napoleon distributed personally to each recipient more than two centuries ago. He created the medal in 1802 in order to recognize the men and women deserving France’s highest gratitude for their civilian or military accomplishments,” said Elodie Massaro. “Mr. Chan exemplifies the very reason why Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Legion of Honor; he is a true hero whose actions during WWII contributed to help free France and he deserves our never-ending gratitude. We are proud to add him to our Society’s roster.”

  “It was a great honor to serve my Country and to support our Allies during World War II. I am happy to receive this prestigious French Legion of Honor Award today” said Mr. Chan. “It will be a moment that I will always cherish.”

   The ceremony was live-streamed and may be viewed on the Monmouth County Government’s Facebook and YouTube Channel.