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President Obama to honor Medal of Freedom recipients at the White House

by Kathy Rhem (2019-08-07)


강원 랜드 콤프(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons - including rock legend Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn and basketball coach Pat Summitt - with the Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Tuesday.

Pictures: 태양 성 Bob DylanPictures: John Glenn's flightPictures: Pat SummittPictures: John Paul Stevens

The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. It's presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, to world peace or to other significant endeavors.

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Other recipients this year include:

Albright was the first woman to hold the top U.S. diplomatic job, while Glenn was the third American in space and the first American to orbit the Earth. Summitt led the University of Tennessee women's basketball team to more NCAA Final Four appearances than any other team. And Dylan's vast catalog of songs includes such rock classics as "Like a Rolling Stone," "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

CBSNews.com will webcast the ceremony beginning at 3:25 p.m. EDT.