Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Norman Y. Mineta 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".  Norman Mineta exemplifies the high ideals of service, integrity, and courage.  Despite the injustice of living in an internment camp when he was a child, he later served his country in the U.S. Army and went on to become a mayor, Congressman, and Cabinet Secretary under two Presidents.  The longest-serving Secretary of Transportation, he worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence in air travel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The United States honors Norman Y. Mineta for a life of selfless and distinguished service to our Nation.<br />
Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP
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Washington, D.C. - December 15, 2006 -- Norman Y. Mineta 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". Norman Mineta exemplifies the high ideals of service, integrity, and courage. Despite the injustice of living in an internment camp when he was a child, he later served his country in the U.S. Army and went on to become a mayor, Congressman, and Cabinet Secretary under two Presidents. The longest-serving Secretary of Transportation, he worked to improve the security of our transportation system and restore our confidence in air travel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The United States honors Norman Y. Mineta for a life of selfless and distinguished service to our Nation.
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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