Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush were awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for their work with U.S. military veterans since leaving the White House.

Former first lady Laura Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. She and her husband, former U.S. President George Bush, were bestowed with the 30th Annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former first lady Laura Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. She and her husband, former U.S. President George Bush, were bestowed with the 30th Annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Former Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to the couple at the Philadelphia history museum on Sunday, Veterans Day. Outside the center, a group of several protesters from the group Veterans Against The War protested the award, WCBS-TV reported .

Former U.S. President George Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. He and his wife, first lady Laura Bush, were bestowed with the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former U.S. President George Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. He and his wife, first lady Laura Bush, were bestowed with the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Laura Bush spoke of support for military spouses and caregivers, advocating to recognizing them for their efforts and asked government and non-governmental programs working with veterans to consider their needs.

Former first lady Laura Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. She and her husband, former U.S. President George Bush, were bestowed with the 30th Annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former first lady Laura Bush speaks after receiving medals at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. She and her husband, former U.S. President George Bush, were bestowed with the 30th Annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

The former president said he was honored to receive the award that he was proud to follow in his father’s footsteps “once again.”

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, from left, bestows a medal on former U.S. President George Bush as former first lady Laura Bush has the same bestowed by Doug DeVos, executive committee chairman for the National Constitution Center, at the National Constitution Center, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Philadelphia. Both received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, from left, bestows a medal on former U.S. President George Bush as former first lady Laura Bush has the same bestowed by Doug DeVos, executive committee chairman for the National Constitution Center, at the National Constitution Center, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Philadelphia. Both received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Former President George H.W. Bush, alongside former President Bill Clinton, were both awarded the medal in 2006.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden congratulates former first lady Laura Bush after receiving a medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Former U.S. President George Bush and and Laura Bush received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden congratulates former first lady Laura Bush after receiving a medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Former U.S. President George Bush and and Laura Bush received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

This is the second year that Biden has taken part in the Liberty Medal ceremony. Last year, he presented the award to the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died in August.

Former U.S. President George Bush, center left, and first lady Laura Bush react after receiving medals from former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Doug DeVos, executive committee chairman for the National Constitution Center, at the center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The Bush couple received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)
Former U.S. President George Bush, center left, and first lady Laura Bush react after receiving medals from former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Doug DeVos, executive committee chairman for the National Constitution Center, at the center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The Bush couple received the 30th annual Liberty Medal, an honor given to those who are committed to freedom and human rights globally. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine)

Before the medal was awarded, Biden gifted the Texas-native Bushes with a pair of Philadelphia Eagles jerseys, ahead of the team’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys. Bush was in attendance at the game later Sunday and performed the coin flip.

Source: The Associated Press