President Trump attend Bob Dole award ceremony

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The United States Mint struck the Congressional Gold Medal for former U.S. Senator Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole. Pres. Trump [VIDEO] said that he embodied loyalty, integrity, hard work, faith and family.

"His entire life he selflessly served our nation's public and our national veterans", Pinegar said by phone from Washington, D.C. "Senator Dole's career is is a ideal example of what can be accomplished through the means of compromise and bipartisanship". "I am pleased the President quickly approved this legislation, and I look forward to the presentation of this elite award in the near future".

Closing the ceremony for the 94-year-old Dole was Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who gave a nod to the reality of the legendary leader's age and health, with prayers for Dole and his wife, former North Carolina Sen.

Dole served 35 years in Congress, mostly in the Senate, where he served as Republican leader for almost 11 years.

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the nation's highest civilian awards and is bestowed by Congress as an expression of gratitude for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals, groups, or institutions.

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In an America where standing for the national anthem is a controversial act, Bob Dole should be an example to us all.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan from Wisconsin presented the medal during a special ceremony at the Capitol, which included tributes from a number of current Senators including Kansans Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts. He is a native of Russell, Kansas, who has a law degree from Washburn University, Topeka. As a proud Kansan, he has never forgotten his home state. "Many of them were humorous, many of them were inspiring comments".

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Other "diverse individuals" who have received the gold medal have been Sir Winston Churchill, George Washington, Robert Frost, Joe Louis, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Bob Hope. He waited tables for $12.50 a month and worked a milk route.

Mr. Dole is also the recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service in the Army in World War II, when he was severely wounded in Italy. #Bob Dole was in office for 35 years, the majority of that time spent as a Senator. Sen. Instead, Dole became the Financial Committee chairman and then became Senate Majority Leader in 1985.

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