FRAMINGHAM – On Veterans Day, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer presented a Medal of Liberty in honor of World War I Veteran Private First Class George Bernard Preston, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Governor Charlie Baker.
The City presented 8 medals of Liberty during its annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 at the Memorial Building.
Medals of Liberty are awarded to the next of kin of service men and women from the Commonwealth killed in action or who died in service while in a designated combat area in the line of duty or who died as a result of wounds received in action.
Preston enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard out of Framingham.
He was sent to the 102nd infantry in Connecticut.
During the first major battle of the division, Preston was killed by enemy fire during the Battle of Seicheprey in France in April of 1918.
The George B. Preston Post 209 in Dover, Massachusetts is named in his honor.
Accepting the medal on behalf of George Bernard Preston was his great nephew Phillip Preston West.
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