Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wear Your Medals

I love the Musee d’Orsay in Paris but the queues to get in can be enormous! The entrance to the Musee National de la Legion d’Honneur is right across the street.

The Musee de la Legion d’Honneur displays a fascinating history of the national Order of the Legion of Honour. The order was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It was created as a reward of merit for both military and civilians. Technically, membership is restricted to French nationals, but others may receive a distinction of the Legion if they have served France or the ideals it upholds.

Emperor Napoleon, always wore the cross and Grand Eagle of the Legion d’Honneur.

These gentlemen look rather regal in their uniforms and medals. The only medals I ever wore were on my lettermen’s sweater in high school from track meets.

The fabrics and workmanship on these jackets is exquisite.

Now this is really a serious medal count! How heavy was the jacket? Is it too much?

Generals, MacArthur, Patton, and Eisenhower, received distinction of the Legion for their service to France during World War II.

Clint Eastwood received the award from French President Sarkozy. I think that “made his day.”

Stars of the fashion industry have received special honors. Ralph Lauren shares a moment with Karl Lagerfeld during a recent award ceremony. Ralph Lauren opened a magnificent new store on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. There is even a restaurant in the boutique called “Ralph’s.” They fly beef from his 16,000 acre Double RL Ranch in Ridgway, Colorado.

We salute our military heroes, past and present who have earned medals for meritorious valor in theatres of battle around the world!


  1. I think you're onto a fashion trend here! Hmmm, now to work them into interior decorating...

  2. I always wondered what this museum was as I stood in line at the Musee d'Orsay!
    Lovin' the embroidered jackets, what workmanship that involved.