Hundreds pay tribute to US heroes of French train attack

US servicemen Spencer Stone (right) and Alek Skarlatos (left) greet fans during a celebration honouring them in Sacramento.
US servicemen Spencer Stone (right) and Alek Skarlatos (left) greet fans during a celebration honouring them in Sacramento.AFP

SACRAMENTO (AFP) - Hundreds of people waving American flags lined the streets of Sacramento on Friday  (Sept 11) to pay tribute to three local heroes who helped thwart a train attack in France.

Mr Spencer Stone, Mr Anthony Sadler and Mr Alek Skarlatos, who grew up in the California capital of Sacramento, waved and smiled as they took part in the Hometown Heroes Parade.

"This is overwhelming. It's an amazing feeling right now," Mr Sadler told AFP.

"You French people, we love you."

The trio, who have been friends since school, were awarded France's Legion of Honour, the country's highest decoration, for their role in subduing the train attacker.

Mr 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 honour for non-combat activities.