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Floyd Landers was recently honored with the medals, ribbons and awards he earned on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. With Landers are daughter, Lisa Boyle, granddaughter, Stephanie, and great-grandchildren, TheaRee and Joey.

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D-Day veteran honored for service

On April 1, longtime Payson resident and World War II veteran, Floyd Landers, 94, gathered with family and friends around the fireplace at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino’s “Fireside Room” to put the exclamation mark on an event that occurred some 68 years ago. The gathering of family and friends witnessed a presentation ceremony during which Landers, with the assistance of Senator John McCain, received the medals, ribbons and awards he earned on the beaches of Normandy during WWII. Marine Major Phil Prince presented the awards, which included the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat, the American Campaign Medal, the European/ African Campaign Medal (with star), the WWII Victory Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and other associated decorations and awards.

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