President Obama to present 15 Medal of Freedom awards, including former US President George H. W. Bush

By on Feb 15, 2011 in United States Comments

US President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama will present Medal of Freedom awards to 15 outstanding individuals on February 15, 2011, Tuesday, including to former US President George H. W. Bush.

According to the announcement of White House, this historical event will have a live streaming on its official website, at 1:30 p.m. (EST).

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The annual awarding of Presidential Medal of Freedom is being given by the President of the United States to honor extraordinary citizens, who have contributed significantly to the ‘security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors’.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is being considered as the highest civilian honor in the US, in which this year’s honorees includes a former president, a business icon, and a Hall of Fame baseball player, among others.

Below is the complete list of names of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom awardees, which was announced by the White House last Novemeber.

1. George H. W. Bush, former US President

2. Angela Merkel, Federal Republic of Germany Chancellor

3. John Lewis, Georgia Representative

4. John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council

5. Dr. Maya Angelou, author, poet, actress and civil rights activist,

6. Warren Buffett, investor, industrialist and philanthropist

7. Jasper Johns, artist

8. Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Jewish Holocaust survivor

9. Dr. Tom Little, optometrist, (Posthumous)

10. Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

11. Sylvia Mendez, civil rights activist,

12. Stan ‘The Man’ Musial, national baseball Hall of Fame, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman

13. Bill Russell, former Boston Celtics Captain and five-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP)

14. Jean Kennedy Smith, founder of the non-profit organization VSA,

15. John J. Sweeney, current President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO

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