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The Queen gets her Knight

November 11, 2014

On this Remembrance Day, much like every other Remembrance Day before it, my stepfather Harold Hague will step into the limelight to honor the lives of his fallen comrades. At 93 years of age, he stands amongst some of the last surviving WWII veterans. Harold’s lifelong contribution to his country, community and to his family, ranks him pretty high in my heart of hearts. He has instilled in me a deep sense of gratitude for the life I’ve lived, buoyed by the freedom and democracy his generation paid such an incredibly high price for.

This year, France awarded Harold the Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal. A symbolic gesture that in part, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. My mom, in particular, is really enjoying his new post. You see, Harold has always jokingly referred to my mom as “The Queen.” Now that he’s been officially Knighted, she likes to tell him that it’s only fitting that she have a Knight to serve her. A sentiment Harry mirrored while being interviewed by a local journalist, who noted, “Hague said that he tried to use his knighthood to get out of doing dishes but his wife was not having it. She tossed him a dish towel and reminded him that she is the queen.” (Deborah Shawcross, Prince Albert Right Now, Nov. 8, 2014)

In all seriousness though, Harold is well deserving of this award and I know he is greatly humbled by the honor. For the many son’s whose birthdays were cut short 70 years ago, it must please him to know that their efforts were never forgotten.

© 2014, Dana Aubrey
© 2014, Dana Aubrey, Vintage Birthday Card

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Norm Leslie permalink
    November 14, 2014 11:38 pm

    Well Said Dana. I hope Harold and your mother are doing well.

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