With a kiss on each cheek, and words of thanks from grateful nation, French President Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, on three Americans and a Briton who prevented a deadly train attack.

Airman First Class Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their friend, college student Anthony Sadler, and British businessman Chris Norman took down a heavily armed gunman on a high-speed train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday.

“Your heroism must be an example for many and a source of inspiration,” Hollande said at the presentation Monday morning. “Faced with the evil of terrorism, there is a good, that of humanity. You are the incarnation of that.”Jena and Ali-teacher-heroes-gofundme

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A French citizen, who has asked to remain anonymous, also helped to thwart the gunman. He will be given the medal in a private ceremony.

(WATCH the AP video above or READ more at the New York Times) – Photo: AP video

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