BOSTON (WHDH) — Five honorees were recognized Sunday at the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage ceremony at Boston’s JFK Library.
The theme of the ceremony was “Defending Democracy,” which each recipient had done despite possibly putting their career — or life — on the line.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy received an award and an embassy official accepted the award on his behalf.
The other four honorees were recognized for their efforts to defend the outcome of the 2020 presidential election despite threats and intimidation.
Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming received an award for opposing her party, as did Arizona Republican House Speaker Russell Bowers.
“We each have a duty to put aside guerrilla warfare and stand together,” Cheney said upon accepting her award.
“The true person of devotion is one who has not given credit to any individual or group,” Bowers said.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson also received an award after withstanding pressure to reverse her state’s election results.
The most recent honoree was Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, who helped count ballots in Georgia and served on the state elections board despite receiving death threats from supporters of President Trump.
“I want to give a special thank you to all the anonymous poll workers out there, those who are doing the hard work our democracy depends on, away from the limelight,” she said upon accepting her award.
This is the first time five people have received the award in one year. Past recipients include President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitt Romney.
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