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Saturday, 7 July 2012

KUDOS to a Reader

I am humbled by my readers. One, New Sister, is receiving a great honor on July 27th; the French National Order of Merit. How COOL is that! Congratulations and may God bless your vocation one-hundred-fold.

Here is the explanation of the honor from Wiki and again, congratulations to a great woman. I do not know the particulars, but maybe she would share. And, later, photos, please....

The National Order of Merit is a French order which was established on 3  December 1963 by General de Gaulle and it recognizes distinguished military or civilian (actions) to the French Nation
The decree creating the National Order of Merit the distinction of bearing the signatures of three presidents of the French Republic. It is signed by President Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, then prime minister and Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Minister of Finance and Economy of the time .
Its creation allows to upgrade the National Order of the Legion of Honor created by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 20 1802 to reward outstanding merit .
It also includes three ranks: knight, officer and commander, and two honors: Grand Officer and Grand Cross .
The appointment of the National Order of Merit can be done by ministerial proposal and by the procedure of citizens' initiative 


Anita Moore said...

Yay for New Sister! Congratulations! You may now buy a round of drinks for the house. :)

New Sister said...

Thank you, Anita. We need a blognic, blogrimage...something, where I shall gleefully do so!

New Sister said...

Awh, Supertradmum, you are very kind! Thank you for the good wishes and for the extraordinary honor of being featured on your blog. (I blush!)

I've not done anything earth-shattering to receive this honor. Just plugged away for many years, working directly with the French military, most recently in Afghanistan, and indirectly in the world of US and NATO security policy. I am a true believer in a strong trans-Atlantic alliance for our own national security and economic interests, and for the good of the world. The fact that I will receive this shows just what decent blokes my French counterparts are, for it's a lot of red tape and effort to get an award like this approved for a foreign officer. I am humbled. It's been enough of an honor just to serve in the US Army and work with so extensively with our allies. I'm truly blessed by this profession and faithful confères in France. Vive Jeanne d'Arc - Deo gratias!!

Supertradmum said...

Dear New Sister, your life cannot be praised too much. Anyone who fights for us laypersons, in the hardest of conditions, without being appreciated get my highest praise. I love Joan of Arc and there is a lovely statue next door of her in the Church. I shall remember you to her today. God bless all your endeavors.