French ambassador honors SC WWII veterans with Legion of Honor

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Seven World War II veterans from South Carolina were honored Monday by the French Ambassador to the U.S.

The ceremony took place at the Dock Street Theater in downtown Charleston. The Legion of Honor award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte and is the highest honor in France.

It recognizes important service given to the French Republic, its military and its citizens.

"We wanted to pay our respects and gratitude to each and every of these veterans who fought on French soil during World War II. Simply because we owe them and we owe you - we own America - we owe them in particular - these veterans, everything.," said Ambassador Francois Delattre.

Recipients of the award are selected by the sitting French president.