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Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the history of the United States of America. The event becomes even more special when Barack Obama hosts it. Plus, it was also his last chance to honor people for their contribution to the nation. The event was made successful with the presence celebrated stars like Robert De Niro, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and many more.
This ceremony became even better when Tom Hanks was called upon the stage to receive this medal for his extraordinary contribution to the film industry as an actor, comedian, and filmmaker.
Barack Obama announced that more than 20 people this year will be receiving the Medal of Freedom.
Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, said earlier on Tuesday that Obama personally considered each of the recipients who sat on that stage. "There is no arguing that the individuals who will be honored today are richly deserving," he added.
Tom Hanks walked toward the stage to receive this honor. He was happy, and Obama felt even more proud to give him this medal, as he is a big Tom Hanks fan. The crowd applauded insanely for this man, and his contribution to the US in the entertainment industry. Not only on-screen, but he has also worked as an advocate off-screen, for environmental and social justice, and for the American veterans and their families.
Reminding him of his memories the voice echoed, throughout his distinguished career, Tom Hanks not only revealed colorful characters that he played but he also in a way revealed the nature of America. On-screen and off-screen, Tom has honored the sacrifices of those who served this nation.
Tom Hanks has inspired the generations and made us believe to think big and reach for the sky.
After this, Barack Obama honored Tom Hanks with the Medal for Freedom award and both of them re-created the famous scene from the Academy Award-winning and globally acclaimed movie of Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump.
No words can describe this film, as it remains the top favorite of Tom Hanks' fans. Forrest Gump had performed exceptionally well in the theaters, and this movie has been viewed more than millions of times on digital platform as well. Making it one of his best performance of his film career.
In the movie, Forrest Gump, a character played by Tom Hanks receives a Medal of Freedom from American President for getting shot in the buttocks.
As Forrest Gump is not only a film in which Tom Hanks has acted, but it is also favorite of almost every American. Our President Obama must've seen that movie, as both of them quickly depicted that scene from Forrest Gump on stage.