(WASHINGTON) – The White House Wednesday released the names of 15 people who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom early next year. The Medal of Freedom is considered to be the nation’s highest civilian honor.
“These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place,” Obama said in a statement.
The award will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year to the following individuals:
President George H. W. Bush
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Republic of Germany
Congressman John Lewis
John H. Adams
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Dr. Tom Little (posthumous)
Jean Kennedy Smith
John J. Sweeney
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