By Joshua Cole
Lowell native and World War II veteran Elza Tucker will be honored Friday with the French Legion of Honor for his service during the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach. A week shy of his 98th birthday, the award will be presented by U.S. Senator John Boozman to Tucker during a ceremony at the Lowell City Hall.
Tucker served with the 2nd Armored Division, first stepped on French soil on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944. The Legion of Honor, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest decoration bestowed in France. The Ambassador of France to the United States regularly honors American veterans of the two World Wars. Paying tribute to those veterans is a way to express France’s gratitude toward those who risked their lives defending liberty.
"I'll be proud of it, I think its wonderful. I'm so glad that a lot of my friends will be able to be there to see senator Boozman pin it on my chest," Tucker told 40/29. "I'm excited beyond anything you can think of."
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