Tilson Congratulates Fred Heber
OTTAWA, ON - David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, today rose in the House of Commons to congratulate Dufferin-Caledon resident and World War II veteran Fred Heber on receiving the French Legion of Honour.
“Mr. Speaker, recently I had the privilege of being present at the Orangeville Legion for the awarding of the French Legion of Honour to a distinguished World War II Veteran in my riding, Mr. Fred Heber.
Mr. Heber was a gunner with the Royal Canadian Artillery from 1941 through 1946. He served in the UK and continental Europe during some of the most ferocious fighting of the war.
The Legion of Honour dates back more than 200 years to Napoleon Bonaparte and is France’s highest honour.
More than ever, we owe it to our Veterans – and especially those who gave their lives for Canada - to honour and remember their service and sacrifice. This honour is a fitting tribute to Mr. Heber from France for his role in liberating that country.
This year, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and the 70th anniversary of D-day, it is to Canadians like Mr. Heber that we must pay tribute. His service, dedication and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”