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Lugar Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Former Indiana senator Richard Lugar has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Former senator Richard Lugar has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presented Lugar with the medal November 20 during a ceremony at the White House.

“Dick Lugar has served America for more than half a century, from a young Navy lieutenant to a respected leader in the United States Senate,” Obama said. “His legacy is the thousands of missiles, and bombers, and submarines and warheads that no longer threaten us.”

Obama also thanked Lugar for “taking him under his wing,” including taking him to the Soviet Union as Cold War missiles were destroyed. The president said Lugar’s decency and his commitment to bipartisan problem-solving should stand as a model for public service.

Lugar represented Indiana in the United States Senate from 1977 to 2013.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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