A D-Day Veteran from Greenwich in London was honoured for the part he played in the liberation of France.
Charles Sullivan, 96, received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award at a ceremony held on Friday 21st October 2016 in Cypress Court Care Home in Crewe where he currently resides.
Charles Sullivan, served in the Light Infantry and was originally sent to the Middle East. It was there he joined the Cheshire Regiment and went onto land in Normandy.
Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich had the honour of presenting Mr Sullivan with his medal. During the presentation he commended Charles for everything he did, saying “We owe our freedom to you.”
Charles Sullivan said: “I was just one of many who went to war. It brings back a lot of memories about people and my friends who are no longer here. I feel honoured to have received this award.”
Paul Lewis, the Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Cheshire and Staffordshire said: “This was a very moving ceremony. It’s great that Mr Sullivan has had the recognition he deserves. I’m very humbled that I had the pleasure to share this celebration with him.”
Whilst residing at Cypress Court, Mr Sullivan has made good friends with another military veteran, Cypress Court’s caretaker Frank. Franks keeps Mr Sullivan involved in the military life style, often swapping stories and taking him to the local British Legion. Frank also arranged for some military personnel to attend Mr Sullivan’s celebration.
Date published: 15 September 2017