More than 70 years after the D-Day landings on Normandy beach, 31 veterans from Northern Ireland have received the French legion of honour medal.
The title is the highest military honour possible in France and was ordered personally by the President Francoise Hollande after the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings two years ago.
At Thiepval army barracks in Lisburn, 15 of the veterans were presented the medals by the the honorary French consul for Northern Ireland, Regine McCullough.
Family members and other members of the armed forces heard stories of how each of the veterans served on D- Day, June 6 1944.
Giving an insight into the gigantic scale of the decisive victory for the allied forces, the veterans honoured ranged from members of the Royal Navy, the Royal Airforce, the Ulster Rifles and more.
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