Today Sen. Harris Wofford received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Obama during a White House ceremony. We salute Sen. Wofford as he receives this honor and for his role as a longtime supporter and former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). We've created a video that pays tribute to his legacy and highlights his life in public service.
During the event, President Obama remarked, “In this country, we look out for one another. We get each other's backs, especially in times of hardship or challenge.It's part of the reason why applications to AmeriCorps are at an all-time high. That's why volunteering in America is at the highest level it's been in years. And I know that makes Harris proud to hear.
“Harris Wofford has devoted his entire life to creating opportunities for Americans to serve. And the reason it's such a privilege for me to share the stage with him and all the others who are participating here today, is because you've taken commitment to a whole new level. Every day, you're out there righting wrongs. Healing hurts. Changing lives.”
The Presidential Citizens Medal is the nation's second-highest civilian honor and recognizes American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. Current CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer gave her personal recollections about Sen. Wofford when the honor was announced and you can read them here.