This is indeed an honour, the Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration. Technically, membership in the Légion is restricted to French nationals. Foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may, however, receive a distinction of the Légion, which is the same thing as membership in the Légion.Left, Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President, Thai Airways International, left, receives the Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur from H.E. Mr. Gildas Le Lidec, French Ambassador in Thailand
Considering this distinction, both the Kingdom of Thailand the Thai Airways International can be very proud when Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, President, Thai Airways International, was recently awarded the medal by H.E. Mr. Gildas Le Lidec, French Ambassador in Thailand, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, in recognition for his goodwill support to France and for his long-standing relationship with the
“I am most honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing the good relationship with France,” said Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand.
The Legion d’Honneur was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802 and first bestowed on July 15, 1804. It is awarded for gallantry in military action or twenty years distinguished service in military or civilian life for work that enhances the reputation of France through scholarship, arts, sciences, politics, etc.
In the French Revolution, all such French orders of chivalry were abolished. It was the wish of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Consul and de facto sole ruler, to create a reward to commend civilians and soldiers and from this wish was instituted a Légion d’Honneur, a body of men that was not an order of chivalry, for Napoleon did know that France did not want a new nobility system, but a recognition of merit.
The back is inscribed with the motto HONNEUR. ET. PATRIE (Honor and Fatherland) AUSPICE. NEAPOLEONE. GALLIA. RENOVATA.
Travel Correspondent for Thai Airways