On Friday, February 27, 2015, Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago presented Charles ‘Chick’ Bruns with the Legion of Honor medal. The Legion of Honor is France’s highest distinction and through this award, the French government pays tribute to the soldiers who did so much for France 70 years ago.
Around 100 people attended the ceremony that was held in the VFW 5520 hall in Champaign, IL where Chick is a Life Member. This VFW was chartered by Chick’s Father-in-law Ralph Fleshner, the father of Rita who is mentioned quite often in the dairy.
As part of the ceremony, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard presented Chick the ‘Key to the City’; Jason Staub, VFW Sr. Vice Commander of VFW 5520 shared what it means to have veterans like Chick; and Father David Sajdak from Holy Cross Church where Chick still ushers every Sunday said the invocation & benediction.
The event was covered by many of the local news media. In addition, FOX News carried a live feed during the The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.
Friends, family and “people I didn’t even know” all came to shake Chick’s hand and let them know how much they appreciated him and his service to our country.