French President Francois Hollande awarded France’s highest honor Monday to three Americans and a Briton who tackled a gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.
Hollande presented the Legion d’Honneur to U.S. nationals Spencer Stone, 23, Alek Skarlatos, 22, Anthony Sadler, 23, and British citizen Chris Norman, 62.
A French citizen who also tackled the man in the incident Friday and who wishes to remain anonymous and a French-American named by Hollande as Mark Moogalian, 51, will also receive the Legion d’Honneur at a later date. Moogalian, who was shot, remains in a hospital.
“‘You risked your lives to defend an idea, an idea of liberty, of freedom,” Hollande told the men at the ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.