Former President George W. Bush, wife Laura receive special honor in Philadelphia

Andrew Kramer
November 11, 2018 - 11:31 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Before attending Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game, former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush were honored along Independence Mall.

Both are this year's recipients of the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal, and the date of the award ceremony was no coincidence.

"And because the Liberty Medal is presented to Laura and me on Veterans Day," the former president said, "we will cherish it all the more."

The former first family was recognized for all the work they've done for veterans over the years, including starting a veteran transition program.

"The Military Service Initiative honors the men and women who have served our country," Laura explained. "We're working with them to develop the leadership skills and the tools they need to transition successfully to civilian life."

"I've been fortunate to meet thousands of these patriots," added George W., "and what most of them want to tell me is this, they were proud to serve and they would do it again."

Outside the ceremony, protesters did everything they could to disrupt the event. 

Chants of "no award for endless war" were echoed over and over again during this demonstration organized by a group called Veterans Against the War. Despite protestors blowing whistles, their distractions did not alter the ceremony in any way.

Former Vice President Joe Biden presented the Bush's with their honors. He mentioned at one point he was also going to give the former president an Eagles jersey too.

George W. talked about his father, George H.W. Bush a past Liberty Medal recipient, saying his dad is doing well and that he's "proud to follow in my father's footsteps once again." ​