Golf legend Arnold Palmer is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal today in Washington, D.C., at a special ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building at 11 a.m.
John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, will welcome the gathering and join Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid in the presentation of the medal to Palmer. Jack Nicklaus and country music singer Vince Gill, along with two Republican and two Democratic members of the Senate and House, also will take part in the ceremony.
The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom – which Palmer received in 2004 – are the highest civilian awards in the United States. The Congressional Gold Medal dates back to the American Revolution. Each medal is created by the U.S. Mint individually to honor the individual and achievements for which the medal is awarded.
Sponsorship by two-thirds of the membership of the Senate and House is required before the bill goes to committee. The Gold Medal legislation for the Palmer medal was enacted and signed by President Barack Obama in 2009 as Public Law 111-65 in recognition of Palmer’s service to the nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf.
After Wednesday’s one-hour presentation, the PGA TOUR will host a luncheon for Palmer at the nearby Cannon House Office Building.
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