8 WWII vets given highest honor in France at Nashville library

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A special ceremony was held Friday at the Nashville Public Library to honor eight American World War II veterans.

The newly-appointed Consul General of France in Atlanta honored the veterans with the French Legion of Honor.

It’s the highest honor in France and is meant as a thank you to the former soldiers who helped liberate France from Nazi occupation.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Richard Eisman, one of the men honored Friday, says they aren’t the only veterans we should remember.

“I think that we should long remember the men, not that just survived, but the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice,” he told News 2.

Eisman served in the Air Force for seven and a half months from 1944 to 1945. He participated in 32 missions during that time.