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The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the president of the United States. The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards of the United States. The presidential medal seeks to recognize those people 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 award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.
First awarded: 1963Distinct recipients: an average of fewer than 11 per year since 1993Equivalent: Congressional Gold Medal Presidential Citizens MedalMedal of Freedom athletesView 20+ moreTiger WoodsBabe RuthRoger StaubachAlan Page