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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (London, England)
For Immediate Release                                  December 13, 2000

The President has awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal posthumously to David B. Hermelin. The citation reads as follows:


David Hermelin not only lived the American Dream, he made it real for thousands of his fellow citizens. An accomplished businessman, gifted diplomat, and extraordinary philanthropist, he used his time, talents, and resources to improve the lives of countless people, and his unflagging optimism and energy remain an inspiration to us all. During his tenure as Ambassador to Norway, he represented our Nation with distinction and strengthened our ties abroad. His generous spirit, as a husband, father, friend, and citizen, reminds us of what it means to be truly selfless and of the enduring rewards of giving "until it feels good."

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