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Ten local veterans receive Legion of Honor medal

World War II veteran John W. Wright is honored as he stands to receive the French Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff

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World War II veteran John W. Wright is honored as he stands to receive the French Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff

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  • A French Legion of Honor medal hangs from the U.S. Army jacket of World War II veteran Robert L. Grannis after he received the award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • Local veterans pose for pictures with World War II veteran John Wright after he received the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran William B. French visits with family, friends and fellow veterans after receiving the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran John W. Wright is honored as he stands to receive the French Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran John W. Wright is honored as he stands to receive the French Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran John W. Wright is honored as he stands to receive the French Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran John MacPhee receives the Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • Audience members watch the presentation of the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Joseph T. Kelley receives the Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Robert L. Grannis receives the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran William B. French speaks after receiving the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Eddie Deerfield stands to accept the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • Audience members watch the presentation of the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • Naples veteran Nick Hale speaks at a French Legion of Honor award ceremony at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Robert H. Cooney stands to accept the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Kurt Wasserman receives the Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran John Warner receives the Legion of Honor medal at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • A photograph of World War II veteran John W. Wright  and his wife, British Army veteran Mary Wright, decorates his table at a French Legion of Honor presentation at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Wright was one of 10 local World War II veterans who were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff
  • World War II veteran Paul Kramer speaks about soldiers who gave their lives while serving in the war after receiving the Legion of Honor award at the Collier Athletic Club on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 in Naples. Ten local World War II veterans were awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for participating in the liberation of France. David Albers/Staff

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