TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
French President Francois Hollande awarded three Americans credited with stopping a possible terror attack on a high-speed train with France’s highest honor Monday morning.
At a ceremony at the Elysee Palace, Hollande pinned the French Legion of Honor medals to childhood friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler as well as British grandfather Chris Norman, for stopping a man from carrying out an attack the evening of Aug. 21 on a train that had just left Brussels bound for Paris.
“A terrorist decided to commit an attack,” the French president said. “He had enough weapons and ammunition to carry out real carnage, and that’s what he would have done if you hadn’t tackled him at a risk to your own lives. You gave us a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope.”