France honors Idaho World War Two veteran

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 19:32:42-05

BOISE — A World War Two veteran received France’s highest award today by a member of the French government.

Members of the veterans of foreign wars and American legion joined Emil Reich at the Statehouse as he was awarded the rank of Chevalier in the legion of honor for having fought for France liberation on D-Day.

What makes it even more special is that the consul general of France traveled to Boise for the event.

"He deserves this award because he puts his life on the line, was wounded in France twice, and sacrificed so much to help make the world a better place for my generation and for the generations that came after," said Ryan Hand. His grandson.

This order is France’s highest award and is given to men and women, either French citizens or foreign nationals for outstanding achievements in military or civilian life.