Loretta Lynn will be among the sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor presented to those who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The awards will be presented at the White House later this year.
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” President Barack Obama said. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.”
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as the first ceremony honoring 31 recipients. Since that time, more than 500 individuals from all corners of society have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In addition to Loretta, this year’s recipients include Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, President Bill Clinton, Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Mario Molina, Sally Ride (posthumous), Bayard Rustin (posthumous), Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Gloria Steinem, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Patricia Wald and Oprah Winfrey.