Statement Announcing the Award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gaylord Nelson
I am pleased to announce my intention to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Senator Gaylord Nelson, who as State Legislator, Governor, and Senator championed the protection of our natural resources. As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, his creation, it is fitting that we honor this great American's lifetime of public service.
In establishing Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson helped us to recognize that our fragile environment was increasingly at peril and that each of us could make a difference. His work has inspired all Americans to take responsibility for the planet's well-being and for our children's future.
I look forward to presenting the Medal to Senator Nelson.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
The White House, April 21, 1995.
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William J. Clinton, Statement Announcing the Award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gaylord Nelson Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/220854