Inouye family talks about high honor to be given posthumously to Sen. Inouye
President Barack Obama is set to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Senator Daniel Inouye. "It's fair to say Danny Inouye was perhaps my earliest political inspiration" said the President at a memorial for the Senator last December at the National Cathedral.
He paid respects after Inouye's December death at two memorials, one in Washington and one in Hawaii.
On Wednesday at the White House, he'll honor the late Senator with the Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor.
His widow Irene told Hawaii News Now, "It's wonderful the President is bestowing this honor and it was the VIce President who called to the share the news. I think it was the VP who said I don't think there are many people who have received the both Medal of Honor and the Medal of freedom so it is very special."
Only one other person in history has received both. When President Clinton presented the Senator with the Medal of Honor in 2000, he beamed with pride.
"That really meant a lot to him" added his son Ken. "To say touched, moved, would be underplaying it. I have to be candid. I have seen my father cry twice in my life. Once at my mother's bedside after she drew her last breath and when he received the Medal of Honor.
"I get impression reaction would be similar for Medal of Freedom.
Former President Clinton, and fellow Medal of Freedom honoree said about the late Senator at his December memorial, "They blew his arm off in World War II, but they never laid a finger on his heart or his mind. That he gave to us for 50 years and that every single citizen should celebrate."
You can read more about all the Medal of Freedom honorees in a slideshow on HawaiiNewsNow.com and watch for more special reports you'll see only on Hawaii News Now. Tannya is traveling to the Inouye's condo in Maryland for a rare look at his private life away from Washington DC. She'll also have coverage from a gala celebrating his medal and partnership between the Library of Congress and UH Manoa happening Tuesday night.