WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama Wednesday honored 13 people whose lives are "shining examples of what it means to be an American." They're winners of the Presidential Citizens Medals for committing their lives to helping their communities, country or fellow Americans. Many have fed the poor or advocated for deaf children or even helped widows of Afghanistan.
"They come from different backgrounds and they hail from every corner of our country. But what unites these citizens, what makes them special, is the determination they share to right a wrong; to see a need and then meet it; to recognize when others are suffering and take it upon themselves to make a difference," President Obama said. "They recognize that no matter how difficult their lives may be, no matter how daunting their own challenges may seem, someone else will always have it harder than they do. There will always be a more important cause to fight for."