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Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Awarded by the President of the United States of America
Type Medal
Awarded for "An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Statistics
Distinct
recipients
Unknown; an average of fewer than 11 per year since 1993
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Equivalent Congressional Gold Medal
Next (lower) Presidential Citizens Medal
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Service ribbon of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(left: Medal with Distinction)

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award given by the President of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.

It was established in 1963 and replaced the earlier Medal of Freedom that was established by President Harry S Truman in 1945.

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