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93-year-old D-Day veteran is awarded France's highest honour

93-year-old Ray Mellors has been awarded France's highest honour.

A 93-year-old man, who fought with the South Staffordshire regiment in the D-Day landings during the Second World War, has been awarded France's highest honour.

Ray Mellors was only 18-years-old when he landed in Normandy.

75 years on, he's been presented with the Légion d'honneur.

The award recognises the service of British personnel during the Second World War.

Last year, Ray joined a remembrance tour and returned to Normandy for the first time since 1944, when he fought the invasion of Western Europe as a teenager.

Now, he spends time at a Nottinghamshire hospice twice a week.

Ray Mellors was just 18-years-old when he landed in Normandy.

He put his youth on the line to land on the beaches of Normandy, knowing what was coming.

And basically liberate his French cousin that he had never met before.

The sacrifice he made, what he has achieved is incredible.

So it is our last opportunity today to say thank you and to express our recognition.

Because we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for his actions and his comrades' actions.

– Jean-Claude Lafontaine, French Consulate for the East Midlands

At 93-years-old, this honour is just another story for Ray to tell, from a life with so many moving memories.