Images: War of 1812: New Orleans [Image 30 of 303]
Leon C. Standifer, a World War II veteran, receives the Legion of Honor medal, France's highest reward for valor, by French Cmdr. Sebastien Chatelain, commander of French frigate Germinal, during a French navy reception aboard Germinal, April 18, 2012. The reception was held in honor of the War of 1812 Commemoration. New Orleans will serve as the inaugural city in a three-year national celebration commemorating the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. The Marine Corps' role in this event reinforces its naval character, showcases the Navy-Marine Corps team and highlights the military's enduring relationship with the city of New Orleans.