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Arturo Sandoval to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Barack Obama will award legendary Latin Jazz artist Arturo Sandoval with the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. President Obama will present the award to 16 honorees in a ceremony at the White House later this year. In announcing the medal winners, Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

In a statement regarding receipt of this distinguished award, Sandoval stated, “Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom is an immense honor for me, and I feel blessed to live in this wonderful nation that I love. I would like to pay my deepest respect and gratitude to the President of the United States for such a distinct and incredible honor. Once again, I’ll fill my lungs, and scream from the bottom of my heart louder than ever, God Bless America!”

Other honorees include President Bill Clinton, talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, writer and activist Gloria Steinem and Sally Ride, the first American to fly in space, among others.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/08/president-obama-names-presidential-medal-freedom-recipients

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