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France Recognizes 19 WWII Veterans In S. Fla.

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Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal (Source: CBS4)

Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal (Source: CBS4)

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SURFSIDE (CBSMiami) — Nineteen World War II veterans were recognized Wednesday by France at a ceremony in Surfside.

The French Consulate awarded the insignia of “Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor” to the U.S. veterans who fought alongside France during the war.

The ceremony was held at Temple Shul in Surfside.

A statement from the French Consulate said the Legion of Honor was created to reward eminent military and civil merits in the service of France. It’s the highest distinction that can be awarded on a French citizen or foreigner.

The Legion was founded in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

Notable Americans who have received the award include: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, General Douglas MacArthur, the astronomer Simon Newcomb, Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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