The Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Obama, honors individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House says.
The remaining honorees include luminaries such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
“These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation,” President Obama said of the honorees. “They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”
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