Raymond DeRaymond Receives Legion of Honor Award for Service in WWII
On Veterans Day we honor all who served in our military and their families. Today, we are especially proud to honor veteran and attorney Raymond DeRaymond. Raymond was recently named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, as a sign of France’s gratitude for his personal contribution to its liberation during World War II. Raymond served in World War II in the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion throughout the European Campaign including the Battle of the Bulge, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
A ceremony to honor and present the award to American veterans on behalf of the President of the French Republic took place on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Following the ceremony, honorees and their families were afforded the opportunity for a private screening of “D-Day Remembered” by Charles Guggenheim, the award-winning documentary on the invasion of Normandy.
After being discharged from the military, Raymond attended the University of Michigan earning his A.B. in 1948 and his J.D. in 1950. Raymond grew his law practice in Easton, Pennsylvania, serving businesses and individuals throughout the region. Over the years, he gained significant experience in municipal law, serving as Solicitor for numerous Lehigh Valley municipalities throughout his legal career. Throughout his professional career, Raymond received several awards including a Citizen of the Year Award from the Easton Area Schoolmen’s Association, and certificates of recognition from the Northampton County Council for service to the Industrial Development Authority and for dedication to industrial development in Northampton County. He also received recognition from the Pennsylvania and Northampton County bar associations for being a practicing lawyer for 50 years.
We congratulate Raymond on his recent recognition and humbly thank him and all of our country’s veterans and their families for the sacrifices they’ve made.