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Colorado WWII veterans awarded France's highest honor

By: The Associated Press
October 12, 2017 Updated: October 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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World War II veteran Lee Bashor of Loveland gets a hug from granddaughter Jessica Norton, with his son Robin Bashor at his side Wednesday, moments after a ceremony in which he and four other World War II Army veterans were presented with the French Legion of Honor medal at the Colorado National Guard Readiness Center in Windsor. (Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

WINDSOR, Colo. — The French government presented five World War II veterans from northern Colorado with the country's highest honor for their efforts in liberating France from Nazi control in 1944.

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports that the Honorary Consul for France Jeffrey Richards pinned the medal on each of the men to bestow them with the rank of chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor on Wednesday.

World War II veteran Samuel Lesser of Loveland looks down at the French Legion of Honor medal pinned on his lapel by Jeffrey Richards, the honorary consul of France in Colorado, on Wednesday during a ceremony where he and four other veterans were presented with the medal at the Colorado National Guard Readiness Center in Windsor. (Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald) 
World War II veteran Joe Hoberman of Loveland stands proudly after having the French Legion of Honor medal pinned on his lapel Wednesday during a ceremony at which he and four other vterans were presented with the medal at the Colorado National Guard Readiness Center in Windsor. (Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald) 

The veterans Le Moyne Anderson, Oliver Lee Bashor, Joe Hoberman, Samuel Lesser and Richard Mann were celebrated at the ceremony held in a gym at the Colorado National Guard's Windsor Readiness Center.

Hoberman says he accepted the honor on behalf of his friends still in France and "for the many more that just didn't live long enough to receive this honor."

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