US World War II veterans honored in Paris

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President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and World War II Veterans | July 13, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

PARIS  — President Donald Trump honored American World War II veterans during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

The president notes in a video clip posted to his Twitter account that the bonds between the U.S. and France were “forged in the fires of war.”

Trump was joined at the outdoor event by three American veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. The president is calling them “real heroes” who “fought for freedom in its hour of need.”

A bombardier who became known for his accuracy as he flew 31 raids during World War II is one of three Rhode Island veterans who will receive France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

France honors U.S. veterans who risked their lives during the war to fight on French territory.

John Dunnigan felt compelled to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Forces the day after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. He led a wing of bombers on D-Day.

The Consulate General of France in Boston will present the 99-year-old Dunnigan, 93-year-old Leo Heroux and 95-year-old Raymond Gillis with the Legion of Honor at a ceremony Friday in Providence as part of WaterFire, the city’s famous public art event.

All three say it’s an honor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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