Legion of Honour Medal Presentation for London Veteran

Friday May 29th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
427 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force Association
2155 Crumlin Rd.

LONDON – On June 13th, 1944 Private Michael Sydorko landed in Calais with fellow Canadians in the Lake Superior 4th Regiment Armoured Division to help liberate France from Nazi occupation.

Having been nominated by his Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen, Sydorko has been awarded the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French Government.  First established by Napoleon Bonaparte, the award is the highest decoration in France.

With this honour, Sydorko will join a very select group of Canadians. Fewer than 50 Canadians have ever received this award, including WWI flying ace Billy Bishop as well as several of Sydorko’s fellow WWII veterans who participated in the French liberation. 

Sydorko will receive his medal in a ceremony at the 427 Wing of the Air Force Association where he has been a long time member of the club. Mayor Matt Brown, MP Irene Mathyssen Consul general of France, Jean-François Casabonne Masonnave, representatives from the Canadian Forces, and representatives from London Royal Canadian Legion branches will be present.