City of Independence, Missouri

Harry S Truman Public Service Award ceremony to take place June 1

The City of Independence announced today the Harry S Truman Public Service Award ceremony will take place on Sat., June 1, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Truman Memorial Building. Doug McCain, son of Sen. John McCain, will be accepting the posthumous award honoring his father.

As announced in April, Sen. McCain is the 45th recipient of this National Honor and will join the elite list of honorees which includes: former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton; World War II veteran and U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole; veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; former U. S. Senator Jack Danforth; as well as patriotic women Coretta Scott King, Margaret Truman Daniel, Mother Clara Hale and Mary Jean Eisenhower; and most recently University of California President and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

The award, established in 1974 by the City of Independence, is presented annually to an outstanding American citizen who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty and integrity that distinguished President Harry S. Truman.

This year’s Special Recognition Award will be given to the AFS organization, which has helped connect foreign exchange students with families in our community for decades.