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Obama Awards Presidential Medals of Freedom, Pays Tribute to JFK

President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to 16 Americans, three of them posthumously, in a ceremony at the White House. It was also a day of tributes to John F. Kennedy, slain by an assassin 50 years ago. John F. Kennedy established the modern version of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, 1963, the year he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Since then, more than 500 people have received the award, which recognizes contributions to...

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