Presidential Medals Of Freedom to be Awarded Thursday

(Washington, DC) -- Simone Biles and the late Steve Jobs will be among the latest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biles is a decorated Olympic champion, and Jobs co-founded Apple. They'll be honored in a White House ceremony next Thursday.

Two individuals who served Arizona in Congress will also be awarded the nation's highest civilian honor. Gabrielle Giffords was a U.S. House member before stepping down following a shooting in January 2011 in the Tucson area that left her badly injured.

Meantime, the late Senator John McCain will also received the distinguished award. He was the Republican nominee for President in 2008.

Other names being honored include Sandra Lindsay, the first American to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Soccer star Megan Rapinoe, former Senator Alan Simpson, the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and actor Denzel Washington will get the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well.

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