Residents of liberated French town visiting Charleston

A wreath floats on the surface of Charleston Harbor, next to the USS Yorktown, after being released by Mt. Pleasant council member Elton Carrier and the mayor of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Jean Quetier. The wreath was in remembrance of those American soldiers and French citizens that died during the liberation of the town on June 6, 1944. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 8/31/14

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Residents of the first French town liberated from the Nazis after the World War II D-Day invasion are visiting South Carolina.

About 20 residents of the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, including its mayor, are being honored Sunday at a ceremony aboard the USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant.

Several of those visiting were children during the war and are now members of the Friends of the American Veterans Association. That group provides host families for American veterans who return to visit France and maintains American gravesites and memorials across Normandy.

During the ceremony, a wreath is being laid in memory of those who died in the fighting.

French citizens can visit the museum for free on Sunday.