This year’s “American Spirit Awards” presented by Hancock Whitney highlighted the importance of civil discourse and working together for a common cause – a core value that was integral to securing victory in World War II.

Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Senator Joseph Lieberman were selected as this year’s recipients of the American Spirit Award. Honorees are chosen in recognition of an individual’s outstanding qualities of the American spirit: teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice, and who inspire the exploration and expression of these values through their own life and activities.

More than 550 patrons participated in the celebration, which took place in the World War II Museum’s own U.S. Freedom Pavilion. The Victory Belles provided entertainment.

Chef Susan Spicer created a deluxe three-course dinner, including an antipasto plate, Moroccan-braised lamb shoulder and an olive oil cake as dessert, paired with a selection of wines.

Notably in attendance were Marthe Cohn, Charles McGee and Gail Halvorsen, the 2019 Silver Service Medallion Recipients, and Gerhard Weinberg and Everett Alvarez, the 2019 American Spirit Medallion Recipients.

Proceeds from the American Spirit Awards will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum.


Event at a Glance

What: “American Spirit Awards,” presented by Hancock Whitney, benefiting the National World War II Museum

When: Thursday, May 23

Where: U.S. Freedom Pavilion, The National WWII Museum


Philanthropic Fun: American Altruism

Robert and Kikie Priddy with Beth and Museum Founding President and CEO Emeritus Dr. Gordon “Nick” Mueller

Philanthropic Fun: American Altruism

Silver Service Medallion Honoree Marthe and Major Cohn

Philanthropic Fun: American Altruism

Master of Ceremonies Norman Robinson with Jim and Carmen Courtier

Philanthropic Fun: American Altruism

Paul Hilliard, Silver Service Medallion Honoree Gail S. Halvorsen and Denise H. Williams

Philanthropic Fun: American Altruism

 Suzanne and Michael Mestayer