Lee Bernard Receives French Government Award
6 June 2009
In Paris, France, on the 65th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, French President Sarkozy inducted Erath, Louisiana native Lee Bernard as a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor, the highest award bestowed by France for service to the French Republic. Mr. Bernard came to the attention of the French government as a result of the recent film by filmmaker Pat Mire, “Mon Cher Camarade,” which tells the story of the contributions of French-speaking Cajun soldiers to the American war effort in WWII France. Mr. Bernard was featured prominently in the film, relating his experiences as a soldier in France and the importance of his ability to communicate in his native French to the war effort. Upon accepting the award, Mr. Bernard spoke with President Sarkozy in their shared French language.