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From the Archives of the World's Best Civilian Awards

Hey gems! here is the comprehensible detail of the world's best civil awards in modern day era. These awards are of high caliber Believe me!

Best highest civil medals everyone will like to wear.

Having said that the spirit of patriotism makes us stay alert in the wake of foreign invasion. It also makes sure the everlasting sovereignty, integrity and honor of the country. Those who have the guts to do something astounding for the welfare of their country within the best limits of law and morality are awarded with the highest prize of all, the top civil award of their country.

But there are some instances when a foreigner was awarded with the national highest civil award of one’s country. This is what one can just love it and cheer it with the high fervor. All the progressed and civilized nations not only work assiduously for their homeland but also for the rest of the world. This is what humanity is all about. Here is the list of 10 best civil awards of the world’s competitive countries.

  1. 1. Kazakhstan’s order of the golden eagle

The “Order of the golden eagle” was established in 1995 and is considered Kazakhstan’s highest civil award. It is presented by its president. All the foreigners and the indigenous people are eligible for it.

Interesting facts: This award has been awarded to more than a dozen but only two indigenous personalities have been nominated for it and the rest are all foreigners.

Kazakhstan got freedom from USSR, and interestingly the first appointee of this award is Russian president, Boris Yelstin, in 1997. Vladimir Putin has also been awarded with it.

Outlook: The medal shimmers with gold, diamonds and rubies.

Receivers: The award has been given to more than a dozen foreigners but only two Kazakh citizens have received it yet. Nursultan Nazarbaev and Kassym-jomart tokayev, the only two presidents of Kazakhstan.

  1. 2. Order of the star of Romania

The “Order of the star of Romania” is the highest civil but second highest award of Romania behind the highest state decoration, “order of Michael the brave”. It is awarded on the account of exceptional military or civil services to the Romanian state. It is presented by the king of Romania from 1877-1947 and now from Romanian president since 1988.

1n 1863, Alexandro Loan Cuza, the Domintor of the United principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, asked the Romanian representative to Paris to contact the then well-known jewellery house Kretly, to manufacture a state decoration. 1000 models were presented and suggested to be given 5 ranks.

Slogans: “Brothers through origins and feelings” (1864)

“In Faith is the Salvation” (present)

This award has five ranks, from lowest to the highest: officer, commander, grand officer, grand cross and grand cross with collar.

Interesting fact: The medal comes with the unusual reward of a free burial site and military salute when the recipient dies.

  1. 3. Hero of Ukraine

This title was created in 1998 courtesy of president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. The first foreigner was awarded in June 2017 named, Belarusian Mikhail Zhyzneuski. Total inductees are 479 till 29 December, 2020. The creation of the “Hero of Ukraine” is linked with the “The Hero of Soviet union” and along with “The Hero of socialist labour”.

Founder of popular internet newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda, Georgiy Gongadze, a journalist who was kidnapped and killed in 2000was also awarded with it.

The decision to give the award to Stepan Bandera was met with controversy and later revoked.

Receiver: Belarusian Mikhail Zhyzneuski posthumously became the 1st foreigner to receive the title as he was shot dead in 2014 during Euromaidan protests.

  1. 1. The US presidential medal of freedom

The ones who perform meritorious contribution to the security or national interest of the united states, world peace, cultural and other significant public or private endeavors. It is awarded by the US president. it is the joint highest civil award along with congressional gold medal in United states. It is also awarded to the military personnel and worn on the uniform. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy superseding the “Medal of Freedom” that was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1945.

A. Philip Randolph was the first to be awarded in 1964.

Purpose: the medal is given to the Americans and non-Americans for their exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America or to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

  1. 2. Hero of the Russian federation

The highest honorary title of the Russian federation. The title comes with gold star medal, an insignia of honor that signifies the recipient. Since 1992 it has been awarded more than 970 times. Following the dissolution of Soviet Union, it was retained by the president Boris Yeltsin under the article 71 of Russian constitution which permits titles, orders, medals to be presented by the government.

Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was the first to be awarded in 1992 for his exceptional performance at Mir space station.

It was presented by Russia to the Russians and the foreigners as well. It was established in 1992 after the freedom of central Asian states.

Receiver: it is awarded to the “heroic feats of valor”. Two recent recipients were the Ural Airlines pilots who in 2019 guided their seagull-stricken passenger’s aircraft into a cornfield safely. There were zero casualties out of 233 passengers.

  1. 3. Japan’s order of the rising sun

It is established by Japanese emperor Meiji in 1875. It was the first ever national declaration which was made on 10th of April, 1875. The modern version of this honour has been conferred on non-Japanese as well beginning in 1981. Women were awarded the order in 2003 for the first time. Before that, women were awarded with “Order of the Precious Crown”.

Wasson, James R. was awarded with this in 1874.

Outlook: it is hand-made medal representing a dawn sun made from polished garnet stone surrounded by a star made of gold and enamel which is suspended from a leaf of paulownia tree. The badge features rays of sunlight from the rising sun. The design of the rising sun symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun, in parallel to the “concept of Japan” (Land of the rising dun).

  1. 1. Order of New Zealand

The “Order of New Zealand” is the highest honour in the New Zealand royal honour system. It was instituted by the royal warrant on 6 February, 1987. The order is modelled on the British Order of Merit and Order of the companions of Honour. It has been awarded to the 42 members till 31 December, 2020.

The badge is made up of an oval medallion of the Arms of New Zealand in gold and coloured enamel, worn on a white and ochre ribbon around the neck for men or a bow for women on their left shoulder.

Recipients: dame Miriam Dell was the first lady to be awarded with medal in 1993. The number of ordinary awardee is limited to only 20 living people. When the medal holder dies, this badge is passed to the other appointee in order.

  1. 2. The united kingdom’s George cross

“The George Cross” is the highest non-gallantry award of United Kingdom along with “Victorian Cross” which is awarded to the military services. George cross is awarded on exceptional performance for national interest especially not in the presence of an enemy. It was established on 24 September, 1840 and has been awarded to the 409 recipients including 394 men and 12 women till 2017.

Its height is 48mm, width 45mm, plain silver cross with circular medallion in the center depicting the effigy of St George and the dragon. The medal was designed by Percy Metcalfe and was published in The London Gazette on 31 January, 1941.

Purpose: for the “act of the greatest heroism”. Recipient: the most unusual was the island of Malta which was awarded the cross in 1942 for “heroism and devotion” during WWII against the Nazi/Italian siege of the British colony. Later it was incorporated in Malta’s flag at the top left corner. The governor received it by saying, “By god’s help Malta will not weaken but will endure until the victory is won.”

  1. 3. Order of Pakistan

It is the highest award of Islamic republic of Pakistan and is awarded to those who render services of highest distinction to the national interest of Pakistan and of the world too. It is awarded to the government officials, civilians and foreign members too.

It was established on 19 March, 1957 under the decoration Act, 1975, and is not correlated to the rank or status of a person.

Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, was the first to be awarded with it in 1959 for his exceptional contributions for Ethiopia like presenting of first written constitution and disciplined army.

Recipient: St. Lucia cricketer Darren Sammy was also awarded with it on 23 March, 2020 for his vital role in Pakistan cricket.

When: it is awarded each year on 14 august.

  1. 1. Jewel of India

It was established on 2 January, 1954. In December, 2011, the recommendations for the Bharat Ratna are made by the prime minister to the president, with a maximum of three nominees should be awarded per year. The recipients received a Sanad (certificate), signed by the president and a peepal leafed shaped medallion. It is ranked seventh in Indian order of precedence.

The first nominee of this award was the Last governor general of the dominion of india-C. Rajagopalachari, second president and the first vice-president of india- Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and the Nobel prize laureate, physicist C.V. Raman; who were honoured in 1954.

The platinum-rimmed medal is in the shape of leaf from the Bodhi tree. The same type Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment under. “Bharat Ratna” (jewel of India).

Recipient: 3 people max each year.

© 2021 Muhammad Babar Taimoor

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