On August 8 1994 at a White House ceremony Helen Chavez Cesar's widow accepted the Medal of Freedom for her late husband from President Clinton. In the citation accompanying America's highest civilian honor which was awarded posthumously the President lauded Chavez for having "faced formidable often violent opposition with dignity and nonviolence. And he was victorious. Cesar Chavez left our world better than he found it and his legacy inspires us still. He was for his own people a Moses figure " the President declared. "The farm workers who labored in the fields and yearned for respect and self-sufficiency pinned their hopes on this remarkable man who with faith and discipline soft spoken humility and amazing inner strength led a very courageous life" The citation accompanying the award noted how Chavez was a farm worker from childhood who "possessed a deep personal understanding of the plight of migrant workers and he labored all his years to lift their lives." During his lifetime Chavez never earned more than $5 000 a year. The late Senator Robert Kennedy called him "one of the heroic figures of our time." Chavez's successor UFW President Arturo Rodriguez thanked the president on behalf of the United Farm Workers and said "Every day in California and in other states where farm workers are organizing Cesar Chavez lives in their hearts. Cesar lives wherever Americans' he inspired work nonviolently for social change." ________________________________________ San Francisco Cesar E. Chavez 2015 Parade & Festival date: Saturday April 18 2015 Commemorate & Celebrate the Life and Work of Labor & Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez March 31 1927 - April 23 1993 Music Entertainment Arts & Crafts Booths 10 a.m. Assemble for Parade Dolores Park - 19th Street / Guerrero Street 11 a.m. PARADE then FESTIVAL _________ See the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pZ0tPwFA9k