National Order of the Cedar

The National Order of the Cedar (Arabic: وسام الأرز الوطنيWisām al-Arz al-Waṭaniy French: Ordre National du Cèdre) is the highest state order of Lebanon, established on 31 December 1936.[1] It is offered in five grades.[2]

National Order of the Cedar
National Order of the Cedar commander badge (Lebanon 1970) - Tallinn Museum of Orders.jpg
Commander's badge of the order.
Awarded by  Lebanon
TypeState order
Established31 December 1936
Awarded forGreat services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service
Next (higher)Lebanese Order of Merit
Next (lower)Navy Medal
Officer medal of the National Order of the Cedar.


The Order was created on the 31 December 1936, but is regulated by the Lebanese Code of Decorations as set out in Decree-Law 122 of 12 June 1959.[3] It is awarded, usually by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, for “great services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service”.


The Medal itself consists of a five-pointed white enamel gilt-edged Maltese cross with stylised green and brown enamel cedars of Lebanon between the arms on a green enamel laurel wreath suspension; the face with a central red enamel medallion inscribed in Arabic ‘Lubnan’ (Lebanon) within an inscribed gilt ring; the reverse with a circular central gilt medallion bearing the red and white enamel national flag of the Republic of Lebanon within an inscribed gilt ring. It has a diameter of 20 mm (¾ inch).

National Order of the Cedar ribbon bars
Grand Cordon Grand Officer Commander Officer Knight

Recipients in selectionEdit


  • Dr Pierre Daccache, Commander, 2 August 2019
  • Ghaleb Farha, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for Arab Gulf Region, 2018
  • Michael Beary, Irish Army Major-General, 2018[4]
  • Melhem Barakat, (1942–2016) Lebanese singer and songwriter, 2016
  • Fouad Naffah, (1925–2017) Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2017
  • Toni Issa, former Board of Directors of IPT Group, 2014
  • Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese politician, 2014. Was awarded the medal by President Michel Suleiman "in appreciation for his national role and political moderation and his call for dialogue among political rivals."[5]
  • Wissam al-Hassan, (1965–2012) Chief of Information Branch – Grand officer, 2012.
  • Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, Australia — Grand Cordon, 2012.
  • Ali Wehbi",The Lebanese Desert Runner" – Knight, 2012
  • Ghassan Tueni, (1926–2012) Journalist and politician, 2012.
  • Salim Ghazal, Melkite Bishop and Champion of Co-Existence in Lebanon, Commander – 2011.
  • Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President – Grand Cordon, 2010.
  • Paolo Gerometta, Italian UNIFIL SWC and JTF-L Commander, Knight – 2010.




  • Dr. Fuad Sami Haddad, Lebanese neurosurgeon – Commander, 1988.
  • Captain Sami Daoud Abi-Abdallah, Lebanese Army Officer – Knight, 1988.
  • Jad Azkoul, Lebanese Classical guitarist – Knight, 1988.
  • Dr. Elias T. Saadi, American-Lebanese activist and renowned cardiologist – Knight, 1986.
  • William O'Callaghan (Irish Army officer), Irish Army Lieutenant-General, Force Commander United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Medal level.
  • Larry R. Williams, USMC 1983, Commanding Officer, 10th U.S. Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps political liaison to Lebanese government during bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks, Beirut. - Officer1983,RAY RODRIGUEZ, (Marine) [Ray Rodriguez], USS IWO JIMA, HMM-162, Beirut, Lebanon, SSGT, Marine, during bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks, - Beirut, Lebanon October 23, 1983.


  • Boutros Salim AbouNader, Lebanese aviator – Knight, 1975.
  • Fouad Mostafa Awad, Egyptian Economist – Officer, 1974.
  • Pedro Budib Name, Mexican businessman – Knight, 1974.
  • Abdallah Chahine, Lebanese Pianist, Knight – 1974.
  • Grégoire A. Dragatsi, MD, DTM&H, prominent Greek-Lebanese physician and Associate Clinical professor at the American University of Beirut – Knight, 1972.
  • Zdzisław Wójcik, ambassador of Poland to Lebanon 1965–1971 – Grand Cordon, 1971.


  • Edwin Terry Prothro, American Psychologist and Educator, Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut – Knight, 1969.
  • Petar Zdravkovski, ambassador of Yugoslavia to Lebanon 1965–1967 (died in Beirut July 24, 1967), awarded Grand Cordon posthumously, 1967.
  • Fairuz, Lebanese Singer – Knight, 1957 – Commander, 1963.
  • Stephen Henry Roberts, Australian Historian, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney (1947–1967) – Knight, 1961.
  • Ali Oayda, prominent Lebanese businessman, migrated to Australia 1950.-Knight


Unknown datesEdit


  1. ^ "Suleiman Grants al-Rahi Order of Cedar, Urges Officials to Attend Dialogue". Naharnet. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Lebanon: National Order of the Cedar". Medals. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ "National Order of the Cedar". Global Security. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "AOUN DECORATES UNIFIL COMMANDER WITH NATIONAL CEDAR MEDAL UPON MISSION EN". National News Agency. Ministry of Information Lebanese Republic. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Jumblatt to miss Sleiman in politics". The Daily Star. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  6. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Europa Publications. 2003. p. 86. who's who karim azkoul.

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