The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will honor Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, 56th Secretary of State, and Mr. David Koch, Executive Vice President and a board member of Koch Industries, Inc., at the 22nd Annual "Salute to Freedom" Dinner, to be held on May 23, 2013, during Fleet Week in New York City.
Dr. Kissinger will receive the Intrepid Freedom Award, presented to a national or international leader who has distinguished himself in promoting and defending the values of freedom and democracy, the core beliefs of our nation. Mr. Koch will receive the Salute Award for in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities.
"It is a great honor to be presented with this award from an institution which pays homage to our military men and women who protect our country every day," said Dr. Kissinger. "Whether for young or old, this ship serves as a living classroom for the generations of Americans who come to see it, experience it and learn from it."
"Thank you to the Intrepid for this honor," said Mr. Koch. "For 30 years, this institution has told the story of the service and sacrifice of our military to generations too young to remember and old enough to never forget."
"Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Koch are American originals, each dedicated to the higher cause of service to our nation," said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. "We are humbled to recognize these extraordinary leaders for their service and philanthropy."
Intrepid will also honor Audrey Fisher with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to a woman who has performed outstanding service in her field. Ms. Fisher has dedicated her life to supporting the military and veterans' families.