02/08/2013 03:56 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jeanne Manford, PFLAG Founder And Gay Rights Pioneer, To Receive Presidential Citizens Medal

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) founder and pioneering ally Jeanne Manford is set to receive a huge honor from President Barack Obama.

Manford, who died in January at the age of 92, will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama at a White House ceremony Feb. 15, according to a PFLAG press release.

The second-highest civilian award in the U.S., the medal recognizes Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Also set to be honored this year are six educators who were killed in the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, according to USA Today.

"I was able to share the news of this honor with my mom before she left us and I only wish the President could have seen the amazing smile that spread across her face,” Suzanne Manford Swan, daughter of the late Jeanne Manford, said in the press release. “My family is deeply touched by this honor and to represent the PFLAG family values of love and acceptance.”

Swan will accept the award on her mother's behalf.



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