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Ex-Beatle McCartney nominated for legion of honor
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4 September 2012
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PARIS (AP) - France's Elysee Palace has said former Beatle Paul McCartney has been nominated for the Legion of Honor for services to music. [French: L�egion d'Honneur]
On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said that seventy-year-old McCartney—who sung and co-wrote hits like 'Hey Jude' and 'Yesterday'—will be decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande in a ceremony Saturday in Paris.
McCartney will join the ranks other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
McCartney—often referred to as 'Sir Paul' or 'Macca' in his native Britain—has already received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, who watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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Global Good News comment:
On 4 April 2009, former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headlined a historic, one-night star-studded concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation's global initiative to teach one million at-risk youth to meditate. The event, held at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City, was called 'Change Begins Within'. Joining Paul and Ringo for their first reunion concert in 20 years were Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crowe, Donovan, Moby, Eddie Vedder, and Ben Harper. Several press reports called it 'the musical event of a lifetime'. There was also a Press Conference prior to the event in which Sir Paul and Ringo participated.
Film director David Lynch was also presented with the Legion of Honour during a grand ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on 1 October 2007. The Legion d'Honneur is France's order of merit, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is the premier order of France, and its award is one of great distinction. The order's motto is Honneur et Patrie (Honour and Fatherland). Dr Lynch viewed this occasion as significant for establishing true invincibility for France.
To watch Change Begins Within event highlights, press conference, and to read more, please see David Lynch Foundation past events: here (Note: Scroll down for 'Paul McCartney headlines benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall')
Transcendental Meditation Blog with video here
NY Times article on Change Begins Within: here
David Lynch Foundation: here
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