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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Congressional Gold Medal (video)

Secretary of State Clinton met Aung San Suu Kyi in Myamar last year. Credit: State Department photo/ Public Domain.    

We’re occasionally fortunate enough to get a glimpse of someone who is truly heroic and deserves whatever honors are bestowed upon her or him. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is a truly heroic woman. America honored her today by presenting her with the Congressional Gold Medal; in turn, she honored us by traveling to Washington to accept the medal.

The AP reports:

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers united by their respect of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi  have presented her with Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Suu Kyi described it as one of the most moving days of her life.

She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule.
Her long-awaited visit to America finally provided an opportunity for her to receive the honor Wednesday in person in Congress' most majestic setting, beneath the dome of the Capitol and ringed by marble statues of former U.S. presidents.
Secretary Clinton’s remarks honoring Aung San Suu Kyi (video)


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