It’s an award more than half a century in the making for one of Prince George’s most well-known veterans.
Wilf Peckham is a 70 year member of the local Royal Canadian Legion.
He has been presented with the French Legion of Honour for his service overseas.
The award presented to him from the French government signifies the sacrifices he made during World War Two under the cause of French freedom.
Peckham joined the Canadian Army Signals Corps in 1942 and fought on the front lines of Juno Beach in July of 1944.
He says he’s very humbled to receive such an honour.
“I accept it on behalf of all the service people who served there and those who didn’t return and those who have passed on since so it’s very much appreciated, but it’s very humbling.”
Chaplain of the legion, Susan Scott says Peckham is known well for his sense of humour and his ability to inspire others.
“He is able to connect with people of all generations. It’s really important to him that the younger folks come along and understand the potential for service to our country.”
Peckham continues to be a leader amongst veterans in Prince George attending events and always putting a smile on faces both young and old.