Loretta Lynn receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

She is known as the coal miner's daughter, and Wednesday Eastern Kentucky's own Loretta Lynn received a national honor of recognition from the president.

Lynn joined several others including a former United States president to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

You would be hard pressed to find a person in Eastern Kentucky who doesn't know who that coal miner's daughter is.

"I've lived here pretty much all my life. I've always loved Loretta. She's a good, good lady, real nice lady," said Mack Lowe, a family friend and clerk at Webb's Grocery, owned by Lynn's brother Herman.

Lynn grew up in the hills of Johnson County, spending her days in Butcher Hollow.

For decades she has carved a path through country music not many can rival.

Inside Webb's Grocery the walls are covered in pictures and memorabilia honoring her life and career.

"We all love her you know everybody in this area. She's always been a van lear girl you know always will be," said Lowe.

Wednesday her lifelong career was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

"Her first guitar cost $17 and with it this coal miner's daughter gave voice to a generation singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about," said President Barack Obama during the ceremony.

An honor bestowed to this coal miner's daughter who lives on as the Queen of Country Music.

A total of 16 people received Medals of Freedom Wednesday including former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and the late astronaut Sally Ride.

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