Sacramento: Hundreds of people waving American flags lined the streets of Sacramento on Friday to pay tribute to three local heroes who helped thwart a train attack in France.
Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, who grew up in Sacramento, the capital of the western state of California, waved and smiled as they took part in the "Hometown Heroes Parade".
"This is overwhelming. It`s an amazing feeling right now," Sadler told AFP. "You French people, we love you."
The trio, who have been friends since school, were awarded France`s Legion of Honor, the country`s highest decoration, for their role in subduing the train attacker.
Skarlatos -- a member of the Oregon National Guard who had recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan -- will also receive the US Army`s highest honor for non-combat activities.