On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "Each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation," Obama said. "They've challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place." Recipients not included in this gallery are former Assistant Attorney General John Doar, who fought to enforce civil rights in the 1960s; William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; Gordon Hirabayashi, a professor and advocate who openly defied the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and Jan Karski, an officer of the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to share with the world his eye-witness account of the Holocaust.
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Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette Gordon Low Founded the Girl Scouts in 1912 to teach girls self-reliance and resourcefulness. Since its founding Girl Scouts has grown to over 50 million members, the largest organization for girls. Low died in 1927. Left: The clay head of Low, which will be used to create a wax figure at Madame Tussauds. UPI/Lauren Perkins/Madame Tussauds Right: Former President Ronald Reagan with Girl Scout Troop #313 from North Redondo Beach, Calif. File/UPI/Jim Ruymen
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