Sacramento Hometown Heroes: "Merci!"

"I am here today to tell you that the people of France will never forget what you have done" (Pauline Carmona).
The Consul General of France in San Francisco, Pauline Carmona, and the honorary consul of France in Sacramento, Guy Michelier, attended the Sept. 11 ‪parade‬ honoring the three Sacramento men who subdued a gunman on a train in France.


Pauline Carmona / speech

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"Ladies and gentlemen,

First, allow me to say how pleased and honoured I am to be with you today, because it is a very special day.

Today, we are celebrating three heroes whose courage, on August 21, contributed to stop a gunman on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Their heroic actions prevented what could have been a horrible tragedy.

For their actions, on August 24, President François Hollande awarded France’s highest award, the "Légion d’Honneur", to Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler.

The President said that these men showed that "in the face of terror, we have the power to resist," and that their actions taught everyone a lesson of "courage, drive and hope."

I am here, today, to tell you that the people of France, as well as the French community everywhere, will never forget what you have done.

Merci et Bravo!"

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