Friday, March 25, 2011

A Special Commemorative Medal Honoring Walt E. Disney at the White House

On March 25, 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon presents Lillian Disney with a special Commemorative Medal (authorized by Congress) honoring her late husband Walt. 

The medal, designed by C. Robert Moore of Walt Disney Productions and struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, bears a likeness of Walt Disney on one side and Mickey Mouse on the other. The presentation takes place in the State Dining Room at the White House. Among the guests are some 200 third and fourth grade Washington, D.C. area schoolchildren.

"Mrs. Disney, members of the Disney family, ladies and gentlemen, and all of our younger guests here today. Many ceremonies are held in this White House, but none that I think will have more meaning to all of us, young and old, than this one today, because it is my great privilege to present to Mrs. Walt Disney, on behalf of the Congress of the United States, by reason of a joint resolution, and on behalf of all the people of the United States and, I think, of the world, a gold medal; a gold medal honoring Walt Disney for his service through so many years not only to the people of the United Sates, but to the people of the world."
-President Nixon

"I am very grateful to be here, and to see all of you wonderful children who knew him and loved him, too. I think this is a wonderful time in our life. Thank you."

-Lillian Disney

17 years later, on March 25, 1986, Walt Disney World welcomes Don McGrath - the 500 millionth guest to enter a Disney park!

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