80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Joseph Picard Awarded the French Legion of Honor

Cpl. Joseph “Joe” Picard was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur on Oct. 26. In English, it’s called the Legion of Honor and is the highest honor France can bestow upon its citizens and allies. Mr. Mustafa Soykurt, Consul General of France in Boston, Massachusetts, presented the award during a ceremony held at Picard’s independent living building. Picard was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his role in liberating France during World War II via 360 lb. high explosive shells.

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How One WWII Veteran Earned His Nickname

Nicknames were prevalent amongst the American GIs in WWII, but that tradition continues into today’s armed forces. One WWII veteran had his nickname well before the war, though. When I first met Robert “Boots” Chouinard on the first day of the 79th Anniversary of D-Day Battlefield Return Program to Normandy, he leaned in close and said, “Do you want to hear how I earned my nickname?”