Sixteen people are being honored with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Among those being recognized is late Sen. Daniel Inouye.
He’s being honored as a lifelong servant.
As a young man, he fought in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, for which he received the Medal of Honor.
Inouye was later elected to the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate.
Sen. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in Congress, representing the people of Hawaii from the moment they joined the Union.
The award was created 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy.