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The Presidential Medal of Freedom

We come here to honor a man who shows that through hard work and vision and treating people right, many good things can happen.
George H.W. Bush
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Medal of Freedom recipients normally travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the award. But Sam opted to have the ceremony in Bentonville so he could share the moment with the town and the people he loved.

George H.W. Bush’s full speech honoring Sam with the Medal of Freedom.


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On March 17, 1992, America bestowed upon Sam Walton the Presidential Medal of Freedom, its highest civilian honor, recognizing his contributions to community and country. President George H. W. Bush offered to make the presentation wherever Sam desired. Sam chose to receive the award in Bentonville, surrounded by the associates he loved and believed in.