- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The French Consulate is awarding seven U.S. World War II veterans in Florida with its highest distinction.

The French Consul General in Miami will award the veterans on Friday with the “Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor” for fighting alongside French troops during the war. The ceremony will be held at the Frost Art Museum on the Florida International University campus during a class on Art, War and Human Rights. The class takes students on a month-long trip to France, including a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.

The Legion was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Notable Americans who have received the award include: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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