Montgomery man Arnold J. Zahratka, 96, will receive the highly regarded French Legion of Honor in a special ceremony on March 23 at Montgomery American Legion Post 79. The public is welcome.

Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the French Legion of Honor is one of the most famous military decorations in the world. French ministers are responsible for identifying potential honorees. It is the highest distinction that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France. Zahratka will become a member of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Consul General of France in Chicago Yannick Tagand will be on hand to award the special honor on behalf of French President Emmanuel Macron. Tagand protects the interests of French residents and tourists in 13 Midwestern states, and he advances partnerships between France and the United States. He will arrive with chauffer Noureddine Tayazime.

Participants in the ceremony will be made available to the media following the brief ceremony.