High honor for Scalia, Ruth, Hatch, Page, Staubach, Elvis and Miriam Adelson

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President Trump on Saturday named seven individuals — including three posthumous recipients — to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Those to be honored are music legend Elvis Presley, who died in 1977, and baseball great Babe Ruth, who died in 1948. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority’s opinion in the landmark 2008 Heller decision upholding individual gun ownership, will also receive the award.

Miriam Adelson, Israeli-American philanthropist and prominent Republican party donor, the wife of Sheldon Adelson, will be a recipient, as will retiring GOP senator of Utah Orrin Hatch. Alan Page, a former Minnesota Viking and a Supreme Court justice for that state, will be honored, as will Vietnam veteran Roger Staubach, a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys.

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The award, considered to be the highest civilian honor, is bestowed to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security of national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to a release by the White House.

The medals will be awarded on Nov. 16.


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