For 40 years, the Citizens Medal has recognized men and women who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” In one of his favorite events of the year, President Obama awarded 13 Americans from different backgrounds and every corner of the country the 2010 Citizens Medal.
In a series of video interviews, the honorees share their remarkable stories of service. From Jorge Muñoz, the “Angel of Queens,” who feeds the hungry 365 days a year, rain or shine, to Susan Retik, who, after her own husband was killed on September 11th, started an organization to empower Afghan widows – they each teach us that no matter the challenges, we each have the power to make the world a better place.
Watch these extraordinary citizens share their stories of service in their own words in the Citizens Medal video gallery.
Watch videos of all 13 Citizens Medal recipients tell their extraordinary stories of service here.