November 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed an Executive Order establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.
This year’s recipients include former Pres. Bill Clinton, women’s activist Gloria Steinem, country singer Loretta Lynn as well as media star, Oprah Winfrey. The award was posthumously awarded to former Sen. Daniel Inouye, astronaut Sally Ride, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Click here for a complete listing of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award recipients.