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French Consul presenting two vets with highest military honours at 2 pm EY ceremony

Martin Maxwell as a 22 year-old soldier and in 2009. -CITY OF TORONTO

Martin Maxwell as a 22 year-old soldier and in 2009. -CITY OF TORONTO

Two World War II veterans living in Toronto will be honoured at an East York ceremony this afternoon by being awarded France’s highest military medal.

The 2 p.m. event, part of annual Remembrance Day observances at the Story Arts Centre at Centennial College’s Carlaw Avenue campus (951 Carlaw Ave.) will be presided over by Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France (in Toronto).

The l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (the Legion of Honour) medals will be presented on behalf of the French nation to R.A.F. glider pilot Martin Maxwell and artilleryman Jim Jenkins, who both landed in Nazi-occupied Normandy during the D-Day invasion by 160,000 Allied troops that began the liberation of France and the rest of northwestern Europe in June 1944.

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British-born Maxwell, who moved to Canada after the war and has been honoured at previous events, including as a guest of honour at the City of Toronto’s 2009 D-Day commemoration, flew a Horsa glider into Normandy in the middle of the night.  Jenkins was aboard a landing craft bringing self-propelled artillery ashore on Juno Beach as part of the operation.

The consul and the two former soldiers will both speak as will veteran Theo Hopkinson, who was a member of the British Counter Intelligence unit that helped break German codes, former Canadian Women’s Army Corps veteran Esther Thorley and event host and Centennial professor Ted Barris.

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