Six Utahns have been chosen to receive the National George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
The recipients include Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Richard W. Linford, Salt Lake City; Stan Ferguson, Bountiful; Jack S. Bailey, Centerville, and Stacey Mollenhauer, Syracuse.The medal is given to those people who make outstanding contributions to fostering an awareness of the American way of life and citizenship responsibilities. The recipients will be honored at a presentation luncheon on Nov. 11.
Robert W. Miller, president of Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge said the prestigious awards are chosen by 25 people, including several justices and national organization heads. Between 200-300 awards are given each year, he said.
Elder Perry will receive the award for his written article titled, "Patriotism - It is for the Responsible, Not the Spectator." Elder Oaks will be honored for his talk titled, "The Divinely Inspired Constitution."
Linford was selected for his newspaper article titled, "Upholding the Constitution in Your Home, Family." Ferguson for his written article titled, "America, The Dream Goes On" and Bailey for his written article titled, "Kids."
Mollenhauer, a student, received a youth award for her article titled "America, The Land of Dreams."
Also chosen for the award is Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court in San Diego. He was chosen for his speech at Brigham Young University titled, "The Importance of Our Constitution."
"We are excited that the National Selection Committee has chosen to honor this group," said Zenda H. Hull, chairperson of the nominating committee for the Utah Chapter.
"These awards are presented for speeches given or articles written during the year that support the ideals upon which our country was founded."
The foundation is a non-profit organization established to carry out programs that promote the concept of free institutions and responsible citizenship. Through its national awards program, the foundation honors individuals, organizations, corporations, and schools for their contributions on behalf of these same goals.
Miller said his organization sends 3,000 people each year to Valley Forge for workshops and seminars promoting freedom. About 1,200 high school juniors and many more teachers attend the seminars, he said.