Presidential Medal of Freedom Law and Legal Definition

Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest U.S. civilian honor. It is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. The medals are presented to people who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, world peace, cultural, or other significant public or private endeavors. The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.