The Calvados Boulard Distillery, leading producer of authentic Norman Calvados, presented a collector’s edition bottle—developed in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day—to Alexander Eisenhower, great-grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces at the time of the Normandy Invasion.

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The Boulard distillery produced 15 commemorative “Cuvée Ike” bottles bearing the former president’s likeness from carefully guarded reserves in the family archives—11 were sold at the Maison Artcurial Auction House this June, raising a total of $24,000. Vincent Boulard, 5th generation family operator of the Boulard Distillery, presented the proceeds from the sale of the bottles to the Greatest Generations Foundation, received by national spokesperson Dr. Bruce Heilman. The presentation took place on Thursday, December 11th at Bistro Romano in Society Hill, Philadelphia.

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“We are honored to take part in remembering those who served the Allied Forces during the Second World War, especially during the holidays in the spirit of giving,” said Vincent Boulard. “It’s an honor to be with Mr. Eisenhower to remember his great-grandfather and the history of his relationship with our distillery.”

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Included in the ceremony was iconic French clothing manufacturer Tricot Saint James, whose headquarters sit on a converted WWII airway. The company unveiled a steel model of a jet wing to commemorate the landing of aircraft A29 of the 9th Air Force in Normandy on June 6th, 1944. Two of the builders, DGC Communications andEnseignes François, donated their time and services to build the monument, allowing Saint James to generously purchase a Calvados Boulard Ike bottle in the auction.

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About Calvados Boulard

As the story goes, General Dwight D. Eisenhower remembered his officers partaking in drams of the French apple spirit Calvados while serving in Normandy during the war, and subsequently visited the Boulard Distillery during his presidency, writing a letter of thanks to Lucien Boulard dated 1951. Founded in 1825, Calvados Boulard has become one of the most renowned Calvados producers in the world, now managed by fifth generation family member Vincent Boulard. The Boulard Calvados range is distilled from select apples in the Pays D’Auge region of lower Normandy, France, and has won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in myriad international spirits competitions. The range includes 750-ml. expressions of the following: VSOP ($45), XO ($85), Auguste ($180), and Extra ($420). The products are imported and distributed in the United States by Spirit France in partnership with Palm Bay International and are available in 42 states. For more information, please visit www.Calvados-Boulard.com/mag/en.

About the Greatest Generations Foundation

The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and current conflicts while enhancing historical education for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. Since 2004, TGGF has offered the opportunity for World War II veterans to return to their battlefields at no cost to them. These voyages back to the battlefields are often emotional, but provide veterans a measure of closure from their war experiences, the chance to share in the gratitude for their service, and a venue to educate others. TGGF collaborates with universities and military academies to bring college students and cadets along on many of the battlefield journeys abroad. These programs are a powerful learning experience for the students and cadets who learn about the events of World War II, providing a powerful bridge between the two generations. Historical preservation initiatives include memorabilia restoration, Holocaust remembrance and story sharing programs. For more information please visit www.TGGF.org.

Photos by Jarett Storm