President Obama will present former President George H. W. Bush with the Medal of Freedom.
The nation’s highest civilian honor will be justifiably presented to the former president. Fourteen others with careers in politics, the arts, business and sports will also receive the award.
In a statement, Obama said the award recipients “have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place. I look forward to awarding them this honor.”
The award is presented to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to a press release from the White House.
Recipients will receive the award in a White House ceremony early next year.