- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Four veterans from Florida who fought alongside France during World War II are being honored with France’s highest distinction.

The French Consulate will award the veterans the insignia of the “Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor” on Thursday during a ceremony in Naples.

The Legion was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Philippe Letrilliart, the Consul General of France in Miami, said during a Veterans Day ceremony that France decided about a decade ago to grant the honor to all the U.S. veterans who fought on the French side.

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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