U.S. President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include Miriam Adelson, the wife of major Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.
President Trump has selected Elvis Presley as one of seven recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to be awarded at a White House ceremony on Friday.
MIRIAM ADELSON Miriam Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian. According to the White House, the physician was chosen for founding research centers dedicated to substance abuse. "Elvis Presley remains an enduring American icon 4 decades after his death".More news: After federal government filing, 9th Circuit rules in DACA dispute
Two NFL greats will be honored: Hall-of-Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, 76, and nine-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Alan Page, 73, who went on to become a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court after playing for the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.
The medals will be awarded November 16.
The Great Bambino, the King of Rock and Roll, and the former leader of "America's Team" are among those set to receive the highest honor that a president can bestow on a civilian. As a committed member of the American Jewish community, she has supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and Birthright Israel, among other causes.More news: Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and thesis sold at auction
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest honor for a civilian. Senator Orrin Hatch, 84, the Utah Republican retiring at the end of this congressional term after serving since 1977, will also receive the award.
"He has led the way in confirming qualified judges throughout the federal judiciary in order to protect our constitutional order, and has championed religious liberty, fought against communism, and stood on the side of freedom around the world", the White House said. The couple founded the Page Education Foundation 30 years ago.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr.is a baseball legend. Staubach was the 1963 Heisman Trophy victor and a six-time Pro Bowler and Page played 15 NFL seasons, earning NFL MVP honors in 1971, before he switched to a career in law.More news: Matt Kuchar shoots 64, leads Mayakoba Classic by 2 shots