TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)- Several local World War II veterans received a big honor Sunday. The French government recognized the vets for serving in its country decades ago.
"I'll cherish this medal," said veteran, Gerald Sherman. Sherman is one of three Southern Arizona vets who on Sunday received the highest honor from the French Government.
Sherman spent just over three months in France serving in the U.S. Army before being wounded.
The French government began recognizing veterans in 2004, but only handed out 100 medals a year. Now, they've broadened it.
"Anybody that served over there during those years, I think are very deserving of it," said veteran, Jim Sullivan.
Family and friends came to Green Valley from all over to watch their loved ones receive the medal of the "knight."