About the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, 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 medal was established by President Truman in 1945 as the Medal of Freedom to recognize notable service during World War II. In 1963, President Kennedy reintroduced it, as it is currently known, as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime. Recipients of this prestigious award do not necessarily have to be U.S. citizens, could possibly receive the award multiple times and are selected by the president, either on his own initiative or based on recommendations.

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