KANSAS CITY — Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III has been honored with the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award.
Baker received the award Thursday night during the annual "Wild About Harry" fundraiser for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence. It was the first time the award has been given.
The 79-year-old Baker told those attending the event in Kansas City, "The Cold War would not have concluded the way it did without the stewardship beginning with the leadership of Harry Truman."
Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, gave the keynote speech. She told the audience both the good and bad parts of history are important to creating a healthy national identity.