Thursday, March 31, 2011

John Ford -- Presidential Medal of Freedom -- March 31, 1973

On this day in history*:
"John Ford, in his works, has depicted freedom in all of its profound depths....John Ford has fought for freedom, and for that reason it is appropriate that tonight, on behalf of all of the American people, he receives the Medal of Freedom."
-- Richard M. Nixon
    March 31, 1973
Perhaps because in part he knew the cost of freedom, Ford spent a lifetime interpreting his nation's heritage. He accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country's highest civilian honors, with the words, "God Bless America."

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*From the American Patriot's Almanac

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