Former U.S. Senator From Indiana Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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Richard Lugar, R-Ind., delivers his farewell address to the U.S. Senate on Dec. 12, 2012.

November 20, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (21Alive) -- President Obama awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" to former U.S. Senator from Indiana, Richard Lugar, and to 30 other people.

The group includes former Chicago Cub, Ernie Banks, broadcasting legend, Oprah Winfrey, journalism legend, Ben Bradlee from the Washington Post, former president, Bill Clinton, country music superstar, Loretta Lynn and writer and activist, Gloria Steinem.

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman issued the following statement today, congratulating Senator Richard Lugar on receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“During his years of service, Senator Lugar embodied the spirit of civility and resolve that Hoosiers expect. Indiana’s distinguished statesman protected American security at home and made the world a safer place by reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Like so many Hoosiers across our great state, I congratulate Senator Lugar, celebrate this well-deserved honor, and offer my thanks for his lasting achievements.”

Today, Senator Joe Donnelly attended a ceremony at the White House where President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Indiana U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.

“I was honored to be at the White House today to see Senator Richard Lugar receive our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” said Donnelly. “Senator Lugar has devoted his life to serving the state of Indiana and our country, and his life’s work is a model for how we can and should solve problems. We are a safer and stronger nation as a result of his leadership. Hoosiers are proud to call him one of our own."

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