By Mirembe Martina
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been awarded the 2013 Liberty Medal.
Mrs. Clinton was awarded the medal in front of Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center on Tuesday night. She received the medal in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.
“I am honored and overwhelmed by this extraordinary event,” Clinton said. “We are still on our way to that more perfect union,” she added.
The Liberty Medal which is given annually, was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. It honors men and women and was first administered by the National Constitution Center in 2006, when Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were honored for their bipartisan humanitarian efforts on behalf of the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast.
Clinton is the 25th recipient of the medal. Last year’s medal was awarded to Muhammad Ali.
Other past winners include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and Bono among others.