Orders, decorations, and medals of Georgia
They may be granted to any citizen of Georgia and to a person with a foreign citizenship or without any citizenship. Individuals may also be honored with medals and orders of Georgia posthumously. Nominations are made by government officials.
Most of the Georgian state decorations were established in 1992. Six years later, in 1998, the Order of the Golden Fleece was created, and in 2004 the St. George's Victory Order and the Order of the National Hero of Georgia were added.
Established in 2004, the Order of the National Hero of Georgia is the country's highest state decoration exclusively granted for heroism. It was awarded to Zhiuli Shartava (posthumously, 2004), Zaza Damenia (posthumously, 2008), John McCain (2010), Lech Kaczyński (posthumously, 2010), and Giorgi Antsukhelidze (posthumously, 2013).
Established in 2004, the St. George's Victory Order is awarded to individuals who have significantly contributed to victorious battles.
Created in 1992, the Order of David Agmashenebeli is given to regular citizens, military and clerical personnel for outstanding contributions to the country, for fighting for the independence of Georgia and its revival, and for significantly contributing to social consolidation and development of democracy.
Established in 1998, the Order of the Golden Fleece is awarded to individuals with foreign citizenship and those holding no citizenship who have significantly contributed to governmental improvement, national security interests, sovereignty and protection of territorial unity, formation of democratic and free society, development of useful bilateral relationships with foreign countries and international organizations, protection of rights of Georgian citizens living abroad, popularization of Georgian culture, and development of Georgian science and art. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a notable recipient of the Order.
Established in 1992, the Vakhtang Gorgasali Order is a three-class military decoration awarded to personnel who displayed courage and heroism in the fight for protection of their motherland and its territorial unification, while skillfully leading them, protected military division, created and carried out military operations.
Established in 1992, the Order of Honor is awarded to citizens who took part in the building process of an independent government - devoted themselves, displayed heroism and actively participated in approving and sustaining the following – governing, defense, law and order, farming, health protection, achievement in the fields of science, education, culture, literature, art and sports.
Created in 1992, the Military Courage Medal is awarded to military and police personnel for protection of motherland while displaying bravery and courage when carrying out military duties, for heroic and daring actions.
Established in 1992, the Military Honor Medal is awarded to Georgian military personnel and citizens who actively participated in the protection of their motherland and its territorial unity.
Established in 1992, the Honor Medal is awarded to Georgian citizens who actively participated in the revival of Georgia and devoted themselves to noble deeds.