Legion of Honor ceremony for Mrs Marguerite Mangin

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Mrs Marguerite Mangin was presented with the insigna of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by Paul Nurse at a ceremony held at the French Consulate General in New York on November 23, 2010.

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To see the pictures of the ceremony, please visit the Flickr page of the Consulate
 

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Speech by Consul General Philippe Lalliot:


Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,


Tonight’s reception has a very special meaning and importance and I am particularly happy to welcome you on this occasion, here at the Consulate.

You may know that the Legion of Honor is the highest French distinction. The prestige of this order goes back far, to the date of its creation by Napoleon in 1802. The Emperor was even used to personally decorating soldiers he wished to distinguish. This medal rewards eminent services given to the French nation on the basis of personal merit.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You all know Marguerite Mangin better than I do. Since my arrival in New York, I have since had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions, notably on the organization of the Bal des Berceaux and on the activities of the French-American Aid for Children.

Marguerite, let me say a few more personal words and tell you how much I admire your attention to others, her force of character, your total implication in the causes which you defend, and to sum it all up, these qualities of soul and character which makes you an exceptional woman and that amply justify the distinction that you will be awarded this evening.

Without further ado, I give the floor to Paul Nurse and then Michel Berty who will officiate tonight.

Je vous souhaite à toutes et à tous une excellente soirée./.

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