Heroes in French train attack see California love at parade
September 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM CDT - Updated July 25 at 5:47 AM
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - California's capital city is throwing a parade Friday to celebrate three hometown heroes who foiled a gunman's attack on a high-speed passenger train while they vacationed in Europe.
Sacramento is honoring college student Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, childhood friends who grew up in the Sacramento area and tackled a gunman on a French train heading from Belgium to Paris three weeks ago.
Since then, the men have become widely lauded figures and sudden celebrities, making appearances on late-night talk shows, receiving a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama and receiving France's highest honor from President Francois Hollande.
Sacramento's celebration will include a flyover by U.S. Air Force planes and a performance from singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, Mayor Kevin Johnson said. It will end with a rally on the steps of the California Capitol, where state officials will take a break from the bustling last day of the legislative session to help honor the men.
After the friends foiled the attack, Sadler, 23, a senior at Sacramento State University, appeared to cheers on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. Skarlatos, 22, has been booked to appear on the next season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
Stone, who has been acclaimed for his aggressive role in disarming the gunman, has kept a lower profile so far because he was receiving medical treatment for a lacerated thumb and other injuries at a military base in Germany.
He was the last of the three to return from Europe, arriving in camouflage fatigues with a bandaged hand on a military plane Sept. 4 in Fairfield, California.
This story has been corrected to show the name of Jimmy Fallon's show is "The Tonight Show," not "Late Night."
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