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Giuliani will receive Reagan Freedom Award

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Nancy Reagan will present former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award for his service to freedom-loving people around the world.

"Mayor Giuliani was an obvious choice for this year's award. The mayor's remarkable leadership has provided us all the strength and comfort to deal with these most difficult times," the former first lady said in a statement Monday.

Giuliani is the eighth recipient of the Freedom Award, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's highest honor. Past recipients are Mikhail Gorbachev, Colin Powell, Yitzhak Rabin, King Hussein, Margaret Thatcher, the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope.

Giuliani will be honored during a $1,000-a-plate fund-raising dinner on March 8 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.