Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award presented by president of the United States; to honor those "who contribute significantly to the quality of American life". This award recognizes individuals who have made significant meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States; world peace; cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

This award was established 1945. It was later redesigned and reestablished in by President Kennedy in three classes as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.