President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and they include a former Minnesota Viking who served on the state's Supreme Court for 22 years, the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.
The White House said Saturday that the medal would also be awarded to the legendary Yankees player Babe Ruth, musical icon Elvis Presley, the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia as well as philanthropist Miriam Adelson (the wife of GOP donor and Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson), and football stars Alan Page and Roger Staubach.
Miriam Adelson is a doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian, and has founded two research centers dedicated to combatting drug addiction.
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A ceremony to award the medals will take place Friday. ORRIN G. HATCH Senator Orrin Hatch is one of the longest serving Senators in American history, having represented Utah for more than 41 years. She has also supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations, and Israeli military personnel and veterans, the White House noted. He's also one of few entertainers (even if you include the world of sports) receiving a medal this year, no doubt due to most of the entertainment industry's rejection of Trump, his rhetoric, and politics.
The award was established by President John F. Kennedy to honor those who contributed significantly to American culture or the national interest through public or private actions. Scalia, who died in 2016, was lauded as "a champion of the Constitution". He started in four Super Bowls, was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1971, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records. Elvis also served almost 2 years in the United States Army, humbly accepting the call to serve despite his fame. His Page Education Foundation has provided scholarships to 7,000 students.
Ruth, a seven-time World Series champion, helped make baseball "America's Pastime", launched 714 career home runs and is arguably the greatest to ever play the game.
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