President Barack Obama will honor a diverse cross-section of political and cultural icons. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. It is 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. The medal may be given posthumously.
_Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
_John Glenn, astronaut
_Pat Summitt ,basketball coach
_ Bob Dylan ,rock legend
_Toni Morrison, author of such novels as “Song of Solomon” and “Beloved.”
_John Paul Stevens, former Supreme Court Justice.
_Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
_Shimon Peres, former president of Israel.
_John Doar, who handled civil rights cases as assistant attorney general in the 1960s.
_William Foege, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who helped lead the effort to eradicate smallpox.
_Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
_Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II.
_Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers of America.
Do you have a favorite on this list? I have several. I call 3 of them.
Who would have ever thunk it? Do you think this ruins Dylans reputation as Mr. Anti-Establishment? I never thought I would see the day. Dylan reminded me of a cross between Sgt. Pepper and captain Kangaroo.