WASHINGTON (CBS) -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have presented Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian by Congress.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Laura Bush took part in the ceremony Wednesday (9/19) in the Capitol rotunda.
The leaders of both parties praised Suu Kyi for her unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights.
After accepting the award, Suu Kyi described the honor as one of the most moving days of her life. Suu Kyi was first awarded the medal in 2008 while she was still under house arrest for her struggle against military rule in Myanmar. She is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama later in day.