WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama recognized the achievements of 16 Americans on Wednesday with the Medal of Freedom.
The recipients, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Sally Ride, were awarded with the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Their contributions range from national interests, to world peace, to significant cultural endeavors. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Steven Spielberg were among the guests at the ceremony.
This year is special because it marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy established the Medal of Freedom. Friday marks 50 years to the day since Kennedy was slain while riding in an open car in a motorcade during a visit to Dallas.
The Medal of Freedom recipients will be treated to dinner at the National Museum of American History Wednesday night.