The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by the legislative branch. Each award is specifically designed by the United States mint and individual to the person honored. 

Recent recipients include those who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks and Raoul Wallenberg, the Sweedish humanitarian who aided thousands of Jews to flee Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust. 

Members of the Alabama congressional delegation and family members of the girls killed in the bombing are expected to attend the ceremony at the White House.