Bush Presents Medal of Freedom to Former Cuban Prisoner

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DALLAS -- The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. It is an award so prestigious, only the president can present it.

The medal originally recognized extraordinary service in the war but in 1961, President Kennedy reintroduced it to recognize one of a kind, civilian service.

And Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet has done just that!

Locked away in a Cuban prison cell from 2002 to 2011, Biscet stood for freedom and against communist Cuba.

That is why he received the Medal of Freedom Thursday from President Bush.

Except, technically, it was already his. You see, Bush awarded the medal to Biscet back in 2007 but he was in jail, in Cuba, fighting for the civil rights of Cuban people.

So Biscet never received it.

Now, nine years later, at the George W. Bush Institute, Biscet finally got that medal around his neck where it belongs. And not only does it represent what Biscet went through, it’s a tribute to the struggles of the Cuban people.

This is Biscet's first trip to the United States and finally, he’s truly a free man.

Cuba still has a way to go before it's finally free.