What do a World War II veteran, the caretaker of the Statue of Liberty and a Utah senator have in common?
They and three others have been chosen to receive Freedom Awards at America's Freedom Festival at Provo in July.The Freedom Award recipients are people who have exemplified the cause of liberty.
Vernon J. Baker of St. Maries, Idaho, is a 78-year-old World War II veteran. He is a former member of a black platoon who was awarded the 1997 Presidential Medal of Honor.
Charlie DeLeo of New York has spent the past 26 years tending the Statue of Liberty.
And Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is receiving the award because of family and religious causes he has supported.
Promoting education and human rights across the world are the reasons Baroness Caroline Cox, who is a deputy speaker of the British House of Lords, is receiving a Freedom Award.
After drifting in the ocean for 47 days and subsequently living through 21/2 years of Japanese torture during World War II, Louis Zamperini has helped underprivileged boys for several decades through his Victory Boys Camp.
Robert H. Schuller, pastor and motivator of the Crystal Cathedral, has received many awards for his life of service and motivation.
These six award winners will be honored at the Freedom Awards Gala July 3 in the BYU Wilkinson Center Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 a person and available by calling 378-BYU1.