US President Barack Obama smiles at as he awards the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, given to relative Helen Loring Ensign, 85, of Palm Desert, California for conspicuous gallantry at the White House in Washington, DC on November 6, 2014. Cushing awarded posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)