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McCain, Giffords, Rapinoe and Biles: Biden names Medal of Freedom recipients

McCain, Giffords, Rapinoe and Biles: Biden names Medal of Freedom recipients


Olivia Olander
July 1, 2022
Sen. John McCain, Denzel Washington and Megan Rapinoe are among the 17 Americans who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden at a ceremony next week, the White House announced Friday.
“These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation — hard work, perseverance, and faith,” the Biden administration wrote in a statement. The ceremony is scheduled to be held next Thursday at the White House, the statement said.
Among the named recipients are former lawmakers including former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Giffords has emerged as one of the nation’s highest-profile advocates for gun safety laws after she survived a mass shooting in 2011, while McCain has long been venerated as a war hero and prisoner of war in Vietnam as well as for his long tenure in the Senate. McCain, a two-time presidential candidate whose time in the Senate overlapped for decades with Biden’s, died in 2018.
Athlete recipients of the nation’s highest civilian award include Rapinoe, a Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, and Simone Biles, a decorated U.S. gymnast and winner of multiple Olympic gold medals.
Other household names scheduled to be honored next week include former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who like McCain will be awarded the medal posthumously, as well as Academy Award winner Washington and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.).
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