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Lynn Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 6:53 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 9:13 PM EST

Image from White House
Image from White House

Washington, D.C.

Eastern Kentucky native Loretta Lynn was among a group of Americans honored for their achievements at the White House on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the death of the award's founder, President John F. Kennedy.

Obama honored former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Lynn and leaders in sports, science and public service in a White House ceremony on Wednesday. Obama said the recipients remind Americans of their own potential.

Obama said the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, showed America's daughters, including his own, that they can set their sights high.

The ceremony opened a day of tributes to Kennedy ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination Friday. Kennedy established the modern version of the medal but died before the first presentation.

Lynn, 81, known for hits like "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," was born in Butcher Hollow in Johnson County, Ky.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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