Myanmar's Suu Kyi gets Congress' highest honor

12:24 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers united by their respect of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have presented her with Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Suu Kyi described it as one of the most moving days of her life.

She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule.

Her long-awaited visit to America finally provided an opportunity for her to receive the honor Wednesday in person in Congress' most majestic setting, beneath the dome of the Capitol and ringed by marble statues of former U.S. presidents.

House and Senate leaders joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in paying tribute to the Nobel laureate.

(Associated Press)

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