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Hawaii’s late Senator Daniel Inouye will receive the highest civilian honor for his bravery during World War II. The Presidential Medal of Freedom will be awarded by President Barack Obama at the White House sometime in November of 2013.
The honor is given to those who have made valuable contributions to our country and culture. He will be honored alongside another American hero, astronaut Sally Ride. She was the first woman to enter space.
This is definitely not the first (nor last) honor that Sen. Inouye will receive. Bill Clinton gave him the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2000. Most recently, the Hawai senator was remembered at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, as part of the annual cross-country “Tribute to Greatest Generation” tradition.
Every August, the cross-country tribute is held. A wreath was put at his gravesite at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Since his death in 2012, many visitors have made a stop at the memorial one of their top priorities during vacation. They bring flowers, lei and lots of aloha for Mr. Inouye.
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