Today, President Obama will honor fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House. As the President said, “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. I look forward to awarding them this honor.”
The Nation’s highest civilian honor, the 2010 Medal of Freedom is presented to 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.
Watch the 2010 Medal of Freedom Ceremony live at 1:30 p.m. EST on WhiteHouse.gov/live.
The following individuals will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at today's ceremony (read their full bios here):