Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Ruth Johnson Colvin receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom  from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006.  The medal is the nation's highest civil award.  It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".  Ruth Colvin is a literacy pioneer and one of our Nation’s most effective ambassadors to the world on the importance of education.  The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, she has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate gain the reading and language skills they need to succeed.  Her work has inspired others to lead lives of service and devote their time and talents to combating illiteracy.  The United States honors Ruth Johnson Colvin for her extraordinary efforts to provide hope and opportunity to people everywhere.<br />
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Ruth Johnson Colvin receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from United States President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Friday, December 15, 2006. The medal is the nation's highest civil award. It may be awarded "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or, (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Ruth Colvin is a literacy pioneer and one of our Nation’s most effective ambassadors to the world on the importance of education. The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, she has dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate gain the reading and language skills they need to succeed. Her work has inspired others to lead lives of service and devote their time and talents to combating illiteracy. The United States honors Ruth Johnson Colvin for her extraordinary efforts to provide hope and opportunity to people everywhere.
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP

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Date: 15 Dec 2006
Location: Washington District of Columbia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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