Kit Bond to get Truman award

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Republican Sen. Kit Bond has been announced as the latest recipient of the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award.

Bond will receive the award at a luncheon May 7. The event marks the 125th anniversary of the late president's May 8, 1884, birth.

Bond rose from Missouri's youngest governor to its senior Republican statesmen and a leading national voice on intelligence issues. He announced in January that he will not seek another term in the U.S. Senate.

The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation said Bond was picked because of his "extraordinary public service."

The award bearing Truman's name has been given annually since 1973.

Other recipients have included former president Gerald Ford, television journalist Walter Cronkite and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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