Clinton to present Spielberg with medal

Aug. 4, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is to present filmmaker Steven Spielberg with the 2009 Liberty Medal at a ceremony in Philadelphia, organizers said.

The event is to take place Oct. 8 at the National Constitution Center.

"The Founding Fathers called upon each of us to serve as active participants in our democracy. Through his work in film and philanthropy, Steven Spielberg has heeded that call by reminding us of the power each of us has to make a difference," National Constitution Center President and Chief Executive Officer Linda E. Johnson said in a statement.

"Continuing in the National Constitution Center's rich tradition of honoring distinguished leaders who have shown a commitment to change through action, we have once again chosen a highly deserving champion of freedom. I look forward to bestowing this award on my friend Steven Spielberg," said Clinton, the center's chairman.

"It will be a great pleasure for me to receive this award," said Spielberg. "I am thrilled to be honored by my dear friend, President Clinton, and to be recognized by an organization unprecedented in its devotion to the most relevant and significant document in our nation's history. It's truly humbling to be added to the distinguished list of past recipients, a group of men and women whom I admire deeply for their commitment to educating the world about the importance of freedom and the blessings of liberty."

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