Calico's Founder Awarded France's Legion of Honor

Calico's Founder Awarded France's Legion of Honor

Calico Cottage’s founder, and former mayor of Sands Point, NY, Hon. Leonard Wurzel was recently awarded the Insiginia of Chevalier (a Knight) of the Legion of Honor.

This award was created in 1802 by Emperor Napoleon to honor extraordinary contributions to the country. It is France’s highest distinction and was originally intended to recognize French military service. 

The very small number of Legion of Honor medals that are awarded each year in the United States are reserved for select individuals with distinguished military and civilian careers. Leonard is a World War II veteran who served for almost five years in the United States Army, including a year at US Headquarters in Normandy and Paris. He is recognized for his meritorious service, commitment to defending freedom, and his efforts in fostering strong relations between France and the U.S.

Hon. Wurzel’s wife, Elaine, and their sons, Mark and Larry, witnessed the ceremony and Leonard’s appointment to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor. “I am honored to receive this award 68 years after my military assignment in Paris, at which time I was only 26 years of age,” says Leonard. “The Legion of Honor award is not only being presented to me, but to my entire family, friends and the community that I cherish so much.”