President Obama Gives Yo-Yo Ma the Presidential Medal of Freedom
This week, President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Yo-Yo Ma. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year.
In addition to Yo-Yo, other recipients include President George H. W. Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, and Jasper Johns.