Tom Little awarded Medal of Freedom

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Libby Little accepting the medal on behalf of her husband.

Tom Little, an optometrist from Bethlehem, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday at the White House. The medal is the country's highest civilian honor.

Dr. Little was killed by the Taliban last year while on an aid mission in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Libby, had provided assistance in the country for more than three decades. Mrs. Little accepted the medal on his behalf.

Said President Obama at the ceremony: "Today we remember and honor Dr. Tom Little, a humanitarian in the truest sense of the word. A man who not only dedicated his life to others, but lived that lesson of scripture, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'"

In addition to Dr. Little, fourteen other people were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday, including George H. W. Bush, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, and Bill Russell.

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7 comments about glazed donuts and nothging about this?

I think the look on Libby Little's face says it all.

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