Published: May 08, 2014 5:53 AM EDT

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Nine Florida veterans will be recognized for fighting alongside France during World War II.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday at the Boynton Beach Civic Center.
The French Consul General in Miami will award the veterans with the "Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor" for fighting alongside French troops during the war. The consulate holds several of these ceremonies a month across Florida.
The Legion was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. 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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