82e Appel du 18 Juin 1944 par Général de GAULLE – Ceremony on samedi le 18 Juin 2022,
Carlton Terrace, London
For the first time since 2019 the ceremony took place without limited numbers and open again to the public. It took place in front of the statue of the General which is opposite the Head Quarters of General de Gaulle and The Free French Forces. As traditionally, it consisted of a 1) speech by the Minister Gerrit Van Rossum, à patron of the Society, 2) investiture of Military medals, 3) Commémoration and laying of wreaths and reading by a student from the Lycée Charles De Gaulle of the words of the Appel 18 June BBC broadcast by General de Gaulle to occupied France, and ending with the Marseillaise.The society was represented by Simon Horsington, Vice-Président d’honneur founder and General Secretary, Charles du Couëdic de Kererant, who was invested with the Bronze Medal Of The Minister Of Defence as Marine Nationale ( Reserve) by Captain Julien Lalanne de St Quentin, Naval Attaché. The investiture took place of Admiral Herve Hamelin, Defence Attaché Society as Commandeur Of The Ordre Nationale du Mérite. The Admiral has been of major support to the Society assisted by the Captain. The two representatives of the Society were invited after to a reception at the Résidence The words of the Appel to all French people.
The Minister Gerrit Van Rossum and senators, deputy for the UK and the senior naval military and the Consul General. After the representatives thanked the Consul General for all his support over the last three years as he is soon to move to a new posting.
The line up of military for investing medals.
The award of Commandeur Of the Ordre Nationale du Mérite to Admiral Hervé Hamelin MN – third from left
Admiral ( ca) Hervé Hamelin and Simon Horsington for the Society.