The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award given by the President of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.
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George H. W. Bush awarding former President Ronald Reagan the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in January 1993
Andy Griffith receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 2005
President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Hawking in the Blue Room of the White House before a ceremony presenting him and 15 others the Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 12, 2009.
Angela Merkel being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 2010
Bob Cousy receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump in August 2019
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- Executive Order 9586, signed July 6, 1945; Federal Register 10 FR 8523, July 10, 1945
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Media related to Presidential Medal of Freedom at Wikimedia Commons
- "Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients", a list of recipients from May 5, 1993, through August 19, 2009, from senate.gov, the U.S. Senate's official website. Accessed August 22, 2009.