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Bill and Melinda Gates to Be Honored by President Obama

Bill and Melinda Gates to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — our nation’s highest civilian honor — on Nov. 22, 2016.

November 17, 2016

Congratulations to Bill and Melinda Gates who are among 21 stellar individuals to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — our nation’s highest civilian honor — on Nov. 22, 2016 in a ceremony at the White House.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

In a statement announcing the honorees, President Obama said:

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor — it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.  From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

Bill and Melinda Gates are co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was founded in 2000 to “help all people to lead healthy, productive lives.” We applaud Bill and Melinda Gates and all the other honorees who are working so hard to inspire a smarter world.

Click here to read the White House statement which includes a complete list of the honorees.

Bill and Melinda Gates meet with women in Jamsaut village in Bihar, India. (©Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar)



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