One of the founders of Crestview's Sister City relationship with its French counterpart has had a new accolade added to her long list of honors.
Dr. Marie-Thérèse Reed, who holds dual French and American citizenship, was honored when the Noirmoutier Classic Vehicles club named a newly restored World War II troop carrier for her late husband.
"I unveiled the door of the GMC and the name of my husband appeared," Reed said. "It was a very moving experience."
The General Motors truck of the 3545th Quartermaster Company was christened Nov. 23 "with very appropriate prayers" by Reed's pastor, the Rev. Pierre Chatry of St. Philbert's Catholic Church.
During the ceremony, club president Jean-Paul Limagne presented a history of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in which her husband, Capt. William A. Reed, served, Dr. Reed said.
Retired Gen. Dominique Viard of the French army praised the long friendship between the United States and France during the event, a topic close to Reed's heart.
She holds a knighthood of the French Order of National Merit for her work toward Franco-American friendship.
In the mid-1990s, Reed helped establish Noirmoutier's Sister City relationship with Crestview and is a frequent visitor to the Hub City. Her home has Noirmoutier's only screen door, a souvenir of her more than 20 years living in the United States.
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