Newsmaker: Nicholas Lamia
Noteworthy: A Navy veteran of World War II, Lamia has been appointed a “Chevalier” of the Légion d'honneur, or Legion of Honor, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government. Lamia participated in the invasion of German-occupied France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Manning a 50-caliber machine gun mounted on a boat transporting engineers to clear obstacles from Normandy Beach, he helped destroy a German position that was firing on Allied forces.
Family: Wife, Antoinette, seven children, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Education: Lamia attended Washington Vocational School in Lawrenceville until he joined the military. After his discharge, he worked as a union warehouseman until his retirement in 1987.
Quote: “I am very honored to receive this award. I am happy that my service allowed me to save some lives at Omaha Beach.” Omaha Beach was the military's code name for one of the Normandy landing sites.