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White House Announces Open Submissions for Presidential Medal

White House Announces Open Submissions for Presidential Medal

2008 Citizens Medal winner Gary Sinise, actor and activist. (Photo Courtesy of Yellowbrix)


January 21, 2010

The White House announced today that the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal will be open for public nominations. The 40 year old award recognizes Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”

Past winners include Colin Powell, Bob Dole and Rosa Parks, as well as everyday heroes like Oseola McCarty, a washerwoman who left her entire life savings to establish a scholarship for students in need.

First Lady Michelle Obama sent an email saying nominees should be “people who have demonstrated a commitment to service in their own community or in communities farther from home; who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts; whose service relates to a long-term or persistent problem; or whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve.”

Nominations will be reviewed by White House staff and will be open for one week only. The most compelling of these nominations will be sent to the President for his final decision and the medal will be rewarded in late spring.