The Liberty Medal

2017 Liberty Medal Recipient: Senator John McCain

The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

Watch The Liberty Medal Ceremony

This event will be broadcast  by WPVI-TV/6ABC on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Our partners at WPVI-TV/6ABC also livestreamed the ceremony on the Internet on October 16, 2017. You can watch a replay at the following link or below:

The National Constitution Center announced it will award its annual Liberty Medal to U.S. Senator John McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service. Vice President Joe Biden, Chair of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, will bestow the award to his longtime friend during the 29th Annual Liberty Medal Ceremony on October 16 at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia.

What is the Liberty Medal?

The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over. The Medal’s roster of recipients includes many of the men, women, and organizations that have shaped and guided the world through the past two decades, including Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Kofi Annan, Shimon Peres, and Colin Powell.

Established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the Liberty Medal is awarded annually to men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. The medal was first administered by the National Constitution Center in 2006, when Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were honored for their bipartisan humanitarian efforts on behalf of the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Other past Liberty Medal recipients include Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Bono. Seven recipients of the medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Recent Recipients


National Constitution Center Trustee, Ira Lubert of Lubert Adler, will sponsor the Liberty Medal Prize in 2017, as he has for the past ten years. Citizens Bank, which has sponsored the Liberty Medal since 2006, returns as the Chairman’s Reception Sponsor. Stradley Ronon, LLP will also return as the President’s Reception Sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

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