Images: War of 1812: New Orleans [Image 20 of 303]
Photo by Lance Cpl. Marcin Platek
Leon C. Standifer, a World War II veteran who received the Legion of Honor medal, France's highest reward for valor, talks with Col. Gregg T. Habel, Marine Forces Reserve chief of staff, 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.