Order for Merits to Lithuania

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Order for Merits to Lithuania
Ordinas Už nuopelnus Lietuvai
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Women's Commander's Cross for Humanitarian Contributions
Awarded by  Lithuania
Type5 Class State Order
EligibilityCitizens of Lithuania and foreign nationals.
Awarded forSpecial merits to Lithuania.
Statistics
Established18 June 2002
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas
Next (lower)Life Saving Cross
RelatedMedal of the Order for Merits to Lithuania
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Devices showing the area for which the award is made

The Order for Merits to Lithuania (Lithuanian: Ordinas Už nuopelnus Lietuvai) is an award, presented by the President of Lithuania, which may be conferred on the citizens of Lithuania and foreign nationals for distinguished services promoting name of Lithuania, expanding a develop international relationships, for distinguished merits in social, culture, science, business, sport, military and in other areas.[1] The award is presented in five classes, in ascending order, Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Commander, and Grand Cross.

Appearance[edit]

The insignia of all of the classes contains a five-pointed cross is made of gold and covered with white enamel varying in size depending on the grade of the award. An oxidized silver Vytis is centered on the Cross with rays between the edges. The reverse of the cross depicts the coats of arms of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys. Inscribed in the center is "Pro Lituania" and 2002. The ribbon is red moiré, with yellow and green stripes at the edges. The cross is attached to the ribbon by a device which depicts the area for which the award was made.[2]

  • Columns of Gediminas: Civil Service and International Relations
  • Three Oak Leaves: Humanitarian Aid
  • An Open Book: Culture and Education
  • Wings of Mercury: Business and Industry
  • Staff of Aesculapius: Health Care and Social Welfare
  • Crossed Swords: Military Affairs
  • Torch: Sports

The rank of Grand Cross was awarded to Olympics swimming gold medalist Rūta Meilutytė on 10 August 2012 by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė for her achievement in sports.[3]

Order for Merits to Lithuania Ribbon Bars
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Grand Cross BAR.svg
Grand Cross
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Commander's Grand Cross BAR.svg
Grand Commander
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Commander's Cross BAR.svg
Commander
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Officer's Cross BAR.svg
Officer
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Knight's Cross BAR.svg
Knight
LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Medal BAR.svg
Medal
  • Recipients of the medal are not inducted into the Order for Merits to Lithuania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA LAW ON STATE AWARDS". Government of Lithuania. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  2. ^ "CROSS OF OFFICER OF THE ORDER FOR MERITS TO LITHUANIA". President of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Lithuanian President confers state award upon Olympic swimming champion Rūta Meilutytė". 15min.lt. Retrieved 10 Aug 2012.