Arnold Palmer has been awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bush. Palmer was one of thirteen who today were recognized for their distinguished service. It is the highest civilian award in the United States. Bush commented:
For all who love the game of golf, and for those who love to see it played, there has never been a sight in the game quite like Arnold Palmer walking down the fairway toward the 18th green. The announcer Vin Scully once said, “In a sport that was high society, Arnold Palmer made it ‘High Noon.'” (Laughter.) For more than 50 years, over thousands of miles of fairway, and in 92 professional championships, Arnold has given his all, playing with style and a daring that changed the game of golf. He drew millions of fans, and every big crowd we see at a golf tournament today started with Arnie’s Army. The father who had taught him to play golf at Latrobe Country Club would be very proud today of Arnold Daniel Palmer.