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Vice President Al Gore announced Friday in Pasadena that President Clinton is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Willie Velasquez, a leading local Latino rights activist who founded the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project 20 years ago.
December 1, 1993 | Associated Press
President Clinton on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Freedom to "five of the greatest reformers of the century," including the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and retired Justice William J. Brennan. The medal, established by President Harry S. Truman, is the highest civilian award in the United States.
January 14, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush hailed his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, as "a true American hero" and presented him with the nation's highest civilian award during a sentimental ceremony closing out 12 years of Republican rule at the White House. Tears mingled with laughter among former officials as effusive praise was passed around. Reagan became the first living former President to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to individuals to mark their contributions to America.
December 17, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush will present the nation's highest civilian honor to his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, a week before Bill Clinton's inauguration, the White House announced Wednesday. Reagan will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an East Room ceremony on Jan. 13. The former President will be the 301st recipient of the honor. Two other presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, received it posthumously. Bush has bestowed the distinction on 36 other people.
On the day Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton emerged as the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, President Bush visited the governor's home state on a trip he insisted had nothing to do with politics. Bush made the journey to present the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to one of its richest men, Sam Walton, the gravely ill 73-year-old founder of Wal-Mart Stores.
March 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
President Bush will travel Tuesday to Bill Clinton's home state of Arkansas, the only state he has not visited as President, to award the presidential Medal of Freedom to retail-store magnate Sam Walton, sources said Saturday. Walton, described by Fortune magazine as the wealthiest person in the United States, founded the nation's largest retail chain, Wal-Mart. He has suffered from bone cancer for two years.
July 6, 1989 | From Times wire services
President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to the late comedian Lucille Ball and to four former public leaders today. The medal for meritorious contributions to the country was given posthumously to Ball and was presented personally to retired Gen. James H. Doolittle, former Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, former Ambassador George F. Kennan and former Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.).
June 24, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
President Reagan on Tuesday saluted the work of 10 Americans, awarding them the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the government's highest civilian award, in luncheon ceremonies at the White House. Reagan honored the recipients as "fellow Americans who've made a difference--Americans who represent the very best of our country." The honors--a medal and a citation signed by Reagan--are awarded only by the President to those who have made "especially meritorious contributions" to U.S.
April 22, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan will award posthumous Medals of Freedom to actor Danny Kaye and composer Meredith Willson, the White House announced Tuesday. Others chosen for the nation's highest civilian honor are conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, Frederick Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund, and Nathan Perlmutter, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League. The awards will be presented June 23 at the White House, the announcement said.
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