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French honor WWII veternas

French honor World War II veterans

     The French government will present certificates to World War II veterans, thanking them for their participation in the liberation of France.

     To be eligible, a veteran must have served in French territory, in French territorial waters, or in French airspace between June 6, 1944, and May 8, 1945. The certificate will not be issued posthumously.

     Presentation of certificates is expected to begin later this year. Ten consuls of France in the United States will work with state veterans' affairs offices, veterans' service organizations, and other veterans groups to identify eligible people. During the mid-1990s the French government recognized American veterans who served in France during World War I.

     Application forms will be available from veterans' service organizations and on a French Internet site: http://www/