On Friday, President Joe Biden named 17 recipients of the (*17*) Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded to these “who have made exemplary contributions” to the United States, world peace or different important endeavors.
Biden will current the awards to people at a White House ceremony on July 7.
Among these being honored are:
– Steve Jobs, the long-lasting co-founder of Apple who died in 2011.
– Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father and spiritual freedom advocate who rose to prominence after an impassioned speech on the 2016 Democratic National Convention slamming Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric and sharing the story of his son, Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was killed in motion in Iraq in 2004.
– John McCain, the late senator and Navy veteran from Arizona who spent a long time in Congress and was the Republican nominee for president in 2008.
– Megan Rapinoe, a extremely adorned soccer champion with two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and an Olympic gold medal to her title, who’s a distinguished advocate for gender fairness and racial justice.
– Denzel Washington, the achieved actor with two Academy Awards, a Tony and two Golden Globes to his title, who can be a longtime booster of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.