Staff Sergeant and Chevalier Harold Brunswick 'Bud' Long to be honored

NUNDA — On Wednesday, the office of Rep. Chris Collins (R-27th District) will be hosting a veteran honors ceremony for Harold Brunswick “Bud” Long where he will be receiving two awards. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Nunda Historical Society, 24 Portage Street, Nunda, NY 14517.

Mr. Long will be honored as the NY-27 Veteran of the Month and presented with an American flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Commendation Certificate.

Also present at the ceremony will be representatives from former New York Senator Catharine Young’s office of the New York State 57th District, and French Dignitary Pascal Soares from the French Consulate to recognize the appointment of Mr. Long to the grade of Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of the Legion of Honor, signed by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to bestow the rank of knighthood.

Correspondence from the Office of the French Consulate states: “This prestigious distinction is an expression of the deep appreciation and gratitude that the French people have for the contribution to the liberation of their country during World War II. France is honored to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice ‘Bud’ made to liberate the country from the clutches of totalitarianism during WWII by rewarding him with the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor. We the French will be forever grateful for the bravery of men such as ‘Bud’ and for the great gift of liberty and democracy that they left us and the world.”

The French Legion of Honor (National Order of the Legion of Honor) is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained by all subsequent French governments and regimes. It is the highest decoration in France and has been divided into five degrees since the reign of King Louis XVIII. The French Legion of Honor is equivalent to the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration, the Medal of Honor.