The sorrow and the pity

Although we haven’t been trumpeting this fact lately, my wife works at the French Embassy. She called my attention to this story that occurred at the embassy last week. George Wilson, a decorated World War II veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy, came to Washington from Pennsylvania to return to return the Jubilee of Liberty Medal that the French government awarded him in 1998. French officials at the embassy tried to talk Wilson out of it, and would not take the medal back. Without fanfare, Wilson quietly placed the medal on the ground inside the embassy gates, and left.

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