Elvis, Babe Ruth among 7 receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom
Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Justice Antonin Scalia are among those on the list of seven people named by President Donald Trump on Saturday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Also included are retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach; Pro Football Hall of Famer, philanthropist and Minnesota Supreme Court Judge Alan Page; and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, wife of casino magnate and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.
Presley, the rock ’n’ roll legend from Tupelo, Mississippi, died in 1977 at the age of 42; baseball giant Ruth was 53 when he died in 1948. Scalia, who served on the Supreme Court for 30 years, died in 2016 at the age of 79. The awards will be presented Nov. 16. The honor goes to individuals deemed to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural endeavors.