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Obama Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom—PICTURES

May 23, 2012

An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date for the Medal of Freedom ceremony, which took place on May 29.

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's top civilian honor, to a dozen recipients, from astronaut John Glenn to music legend Bob Dylan, at the White House on Tuesday. It was the third time Obama has presented the award. Here are the recipients:

Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Albright (right) served as Bill Clinton's secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.(Petr David Josek, Pool/AP)

Obama awards the medal to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

Stevens served on the high court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama places the medal around the neck of singer Bob Dylan.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Dylan, composer of such classics as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Like a Rolling Stone," has been one of the most prominent musicians in the country for decades.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

 

John Glenn receives the medal from the president.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Glenn (left), a former U.S. senator (D-Ohio) was the first American to orbit the Earth.(AP Photo/Michael Brown)

Former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is awarded the medal.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

Summitt, the head coach emeritus of the University of Tennessee's women's basketball program, made more Final Four appearances than any other coach.(AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to John Doar.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Doar (left) served in the Justice Department as assistant attorney general for civil rights.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

 

Obama places the medal around the neck of American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Huerta cofounded, along with Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers union.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to former Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld, who is accepting for Jan Karski.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

Karski, a former diplomat for Poland, was honored in 2000 for his role in helping rescue Jews and other refugees during the Holocaust.(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

Writer Toni Morrison receives the medal.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Morrison, who has won the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, says that as she gets older, the world becomes more interesting and more distressing.(AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf)

 

Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to William Foege.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Foege (left) was the director of the Centers for Disease Control and worked on the campaign that eradicated smallpox.(AP Photo/John Duricka)

Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Richard Platt, who is accepting for Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

 

This 1924 photo shows Juliette Gordon Low and a group of Girl Scouts standing in the yard in Savannah, Ga., where the first Girl Scouts meeting took place in 1912.(AP Photo/The Times of Northwest Indiana)

Gordon Hirabayashi (center), was imprisoned in Tucson, Ariz., during World War II. He was a staunch opponent of the policy of holding Japanese-Americans in internment camps during the war. He died earlier this year.(AP photo/The Arizona Daily Star, Sergey Shayevich)

Shimon Peres is the current president of Israel and a former prime minister. Peres was not present at the ceremony.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

 
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