Country Music’s Legendary Star Recognized at the White House
MORGANTOWN, WV – November 21, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Country music legend Loretta Lynnwas among 16 Americans who were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday at the White House. President Obama presented the prestigious award, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The Medal of Freedom was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, and recognizes significant achievements in politics, world peace, science, culture and other fields. The medal has been presented to more than 500 individuals who have made especially “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House.
President Obama Awards Loretta Lynn on Wednesday
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Loretta Lynn has graciously welcomed motorcycle and ATV racers and their families with open arms for over 30 years, as the country music star has hosted the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series and the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, sanctioned by AMA, at the historic Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
“The entire racing community, especially those of us here in Morgantown, W. Va., are so thankful for the gracious hospitality given by Loretta and the entire Lynn family over the years,” said Rita Coombs. “Loretta Lynn is truly a legend, not only in country music but in our hearts.”
Recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom included sports champions and scientists, musicians and civil rights leaders, activists and journalists, media moguls and public servants. The honorees are: Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, former President Bill Clinton, Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Sally Ride (posthumous), Bayard Rustin (posthumous), Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Gloria Steinem, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Patricia Wald, and Oprah Winfrey.
President Obama paid tribute to each recipient, noting Lynn’s humble beginnings as reported by CMT News.
“Loretta Lynn was 19 the first time she won big at the local fair,” he said. “Her canned vegetables brought home 17 blue ribbons and made her canner of the year. Now that’s impressive. For a girl from Butcher Holler, Ky., that was fame.
“Fortunately for all of us, she decided to try her hand at things other than canning. Her first guitar cost $17 and with it, this coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about. Now, over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music.”
For more information on Loretta Lynn and the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, please visit www.lorettalynnranch.net.
About the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 52 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 12 Regional Championships (June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week of August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 36 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation”, the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,000 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About the AMA ATV Motocross Championship
The AMA ATV Motocross Championship is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, hosted at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 10-round series features the Nation’s best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV national motocross program. Since 1985, the series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while premiering the professional class. For more information, please visit http://www.atvmotocross.com.