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WWII veterans honored with French Legion of Honor

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Seventy years after the fact, five local World War II veterans are being honored for their services.

Five veterans from Tennessee and Alabama received France's highest honor Monday at a ceremony in Nashville.

The Legion of Honor, which recognizes eminent services to the French Republic, is being given to express the country's gratitude to those who liberated the country from oppression in 1944 and 1945.

The Counsel General of France came to town to hand out that country's highest honor to men now nearly 90 for bravery in battle when they were just 18.

"By paying tribute to them today, France remembers all the American soldiers who helped them recover its liberty, its pride and its honor," said Denis Barbet, Consul General of France in Atlanta.

Three of the five men honored Monday are from Middle Tennessee: Navy sailor Kenneth Kittinger from Madison and Army privates and infantrymen William Drasal and Edwin Lansford, both from Crossville. Two other veterans were from Alabama.

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