Joe Biden announced the 17 recipients of the 2022 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Giffords Gabrielle Giffords was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006.

Sister Simone Campbell Campbell has dedicated much of her life to social justice

Fred Gray Gray, a lawyer and politician, was one of the first Black members of the Alabama State legislature since Reconstruction.

Dr. Juliet V. Garcia García is the former present of the University of Texas at Brownsville,

Sandra Lindsay The first American to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine, Lindsay, a nurse,

John McCain The late senator and war veteran, a friend and colleague of Biden, was one of the day's posthumous honorees.

Megan Rapinoe The women's soccer star was honored for her on-field leadership and advocacy work for gender pay equality, LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice.

Wilma Vaught The Brigadier General is one of the most decorated women in the U.S. military; according to the White House

Alexander Karloutsos Karloutsos is former Vicar General of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America,

Alan Simpson "He's a great hugger," Simpson joked to the crowd after exchanging an embrace with Biden.