Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas


Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas
Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas
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Breast star of the Order
Awarded by  Lithuania
Type 5 Class Order
Eligibility citizens of Lithuania and foreign nationals
Awarded for outstanding performance in civil and public offices
Statistics
Established 1928
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Vytautas the Great
Next (lower) Order for Merits to Lithuania

The Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas is the Lithuanian Presidential Award which was re-instituted to honour the citizens of Lithuania for outstanding performance in civil and public offices. Foreign nationals may also be awarded this Order. The Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was instituted in 1928. It features the Columns of Gediminas, one of the national symbols of Lithuania.

The Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas has five classes:

1. Grand Cross Ribbon
2. Commander's Grand Cross Ribbon
3. Commander's Cross Ribbon
4. Officer's Cross Ribbon
5. Knight's Cross Ribbon

The first five persons awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas after the restoration of the Independent State of Lithuania were poets Justinas Marcinkevičius, Bernardas Brazdžionis, priest Ričardas Mikutavičius, painter Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas and mathematician Jonas Kubilius. The foreigner recipients of the Order include the former President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, philanthropist George Soros, General James L. Jones, prominent cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Lithuania to UNESCO Ina Marciulionyte and others.

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