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May 29, 2012 — Today, five Girl Scouts joined members of the Juliette Gordon Low family, Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and National President Connie Lindsey at the White House. The girls were guests of President Barack Obama at a ceremony honoring 13 recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The medal is given to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, was among the recipients.
Juliette Gordon Low was a visionary, whose legacy lives on in the 59 million American women who have participated in Girl Scouting at some point in their lives. In founding Girl Scouts in 1912, she made an indelible and enduring contribution to the lives of girls and to our nation.
"My favorite part was shaking hands with the President," said Ambassador Girl Scout Georgie of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. "He was really nice and talked to each of us!"