Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) had his military service recognized and celebrated on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. The WWII veteran received the Congressional Gold Medal, "the highest civilian honor - for his service to the country as a soldier, legislator and statesman", according to Fox News.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan from Wisconsin presented the medal during a special ceremony at the Capitol, which included tributes from a number of current Senators including Kansans Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts.
"He has never stopped earning his place in the pages of American history", Trump said. No one is a better example of this than my friend and mentor, Senator Bob Dole.
Dole served 35 years in Congress, mostly in the Senate, where he served as Republican leader for almost 11 years.
Dole's life made him a legendary American in Congress.
Dole climbed the ranks of the Republican Party, becoming its chairman and eventually the Senate Republican leader.
Former U.S. Senator and Republican stalwart Bob Dole said Wednesday he is "extremely honored" to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
"Sen. Dole, I bear you no ill will", Schumer said.
Dole was the main previous Republican chosen one to help Trump's bid in the 2016 decision.
"To the stars through difficulties, a handsome motto of the truly great state of Kansas, and the flawless description for Senator Dole's extraordinary life", Trump said. But Trump and the Republican-led Congress are now mired in a pitched budget battle that could end in a government shutdown at the end of the week if not resolved. "Because of how faithfully he fulfilled that first oath, Bob Dole could no longer raise his right hand".
President Donald Trump highlighted Dole's lasting physical legacy, the national World War II Memorial, which is visible from the Capitol balcony bearing Dole's name. "Thank you to Rep. Jenkins for her work in the House, and I look forward to him receiving this honor".
In fall 1949, Dole enrolled at Washburn University and was elected to a two-year term in the Kansas House in 1950. "You are a patriot, a hero, a leader, and today, you have become a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal".
Bronze replicas of the medal are authorized by Congress under Public Law No: 115-60 and are available from the United States Mint.
By then, he had begun collecting more of the nation's highest honors.