Tony Blair to Receive Liberty Medal in Philly

Tony Blair picks up 2010 Liberty Medal

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was chosen as the 2010 Liberty Medal recipient.

Chair of the National Constitution Center and former winner President Bill Clinton will award Blair on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the National Constitution Center right here in Philly.

Blair’s major accomplishments include advancing peace in Northern Ireland, resolving issues in Kosovo and bettering living conditions worldwide.

“Freedom, liberty and justice are the values which I try to apply to my work on governance in Africa and on preparing the Palestinians for statehood. They are the values which drive the work of my faith foundation as we try to show that people of different faiths can live together constructively, in peace in harmony,” said Blair in a press release.

The Medal was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the United States Constitution. It’s given out once a year to honor men and women who strive to secure global liberty.

Some past recipients include last year’s winner Steven Spielberg, Nelson Mandela and Bono. An astonishing six recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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