Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

Your Independent Voice

February 15, 2019

Senator Lesser Honors World War II Veteran


NEWINGTON, CT—Today at a ceremony at the Cedar Mountain Commons, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) presented World War II veteran John Faenza with a Citation from the General Assembly for his contributions in liberating France from Nazi oppression. At the ceremony, Faenza received France’s highest order of praise for outstanding merit, the Knight of Legion of Honor medal. Sen. Lesser said he was honored to present Faenza with the citation, and to witness Faenza receive such a prestigious medal.

“As Newington’s state senator, it’s always an honor to celebrate a veteran in our community,” said Sen. Lesser. “There’s something special anytime we get to recognize a member of the greatest generation, a World War II veteran, someone like Sergeant John Faenza.”

Faenza served in the United State Army Air Corps, carrying out bombing missions in France and Germany. The Knight of Legion of Honor medal is the highest honor a member of the military or a civilian can receive. The medal recognizes individuals for performing exceptional deeds for France. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

The Madame Consul General from the French Consul in New York, Anne-Claire Legendre presented Faenza with the esteemed medal. Faenza also received a Certificate of Special Recognition from United States Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut).

Faenza was celebrated for his service in the military and also for his service in Connecticut. After returning home, Faenza began working for the Hartford Police Department. Sen. Lesser thanked Faenza for his service at home and abroad.

“He’s helped keep many families safe,” said Sen. Lesser. “On behalf of the state of Connecticut, I am deeply grateful for his service to our country and to his contributions in the liberation of France. We are all honored by his service and presence.”