Le­gion d’hon­neur for Scots D-day vet­eran

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By LUCINDA CAMERON

A vet­eran of the Nor­mandy land­ings is to re­ceive France’s high­est hon­our for his role in help­ing to lib­er­ate the coun­try from Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion.

Irvine Rae, 93, was orig­i­nally due to be pre­sented with the Na­tional Or­der of the Le­gion Hon­our (Le­gion d’hon­neur) at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle in Jan­uary along with nine men who took part in the D-day land­ings in France, but was un­able to at­tend due to a bro­ken hip.

How­ever, the French Con­sulate has re­ar­ranged a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony for him to re­ceive the hon­our at Leuchars mil­i­tary base in Fife on Thurs­day.

Em­manuel Cocher, the French con­sul gen­eral in Scot­land, will present Mr Rae with the award at the cer­emo- 0 Irvine Rae will at­tend a cer­e­mony in Fife ny, which serv­ing and for­mer mem­bers of the Royal En­gi­neers (his for­mer reg­i­ment), lo­cal MP Stephen Gethins and fam­ily and friends are due to at­tend.

Mr Rae, who lives in Tay­port, Fife, said: “To me it was just nor­mal work in the course of mil­i­tary ser­vice for my coun­try.”

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