President Obama awarded Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw and other amazing individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award is given to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Posthumous recipients this year include three martyrs of the civil rights movement of the 1960s: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, all murdered during a 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi.
Arts Honorees include: Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, composer Stephen Sondheim, and author Isabel Allende.
Medals of Freedom for public service include Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy; retiring Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress; and NBC journalist Tom Brokaw.
Watch the full ceremony below!