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Bay area WWII vets receive France's highest honor

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Colin Powell received the award several years ago. Colin Powell received the award several years ago.

Two veterans from Florida will receive special honors for fighting alongside France in World War II.

The French Consulate will award the veterans the insignia of the "Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor," the highest distinction that can be bestowed upon a French citizen or foreigner.

The ceremony will take place Saturday in Safety Harbor.

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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