Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas
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.
|Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas|
|Type||5 Class Order with associated medal|
|Awarded for||Outstanding performance in civil and public offices|
|Eligibility||Citizens of Lithuania and foreign nationals|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Cross of Vytis|
|Next (lower)||Order for Merits to Lithuania|
The Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas has five classes:
|1. Grand Cross|
|2. Commander's Grand Cross|
|3. Commander's Cross|
|4. Officer's Cross|
|5. Knight's Cross|
The first five persons awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas after the restoration of the Independent State of Lithuania in 1991 were poets Justinas Marcinkevičius, Bernardas Brazdžionis, priest Ričardas Mikutavičius, painter Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas and mathematician Jonas Kubilius.
Other notable recipientsEdit
- Edvard Beneš, Czech politician and President of Czechoslovakia
- Algirdas Budrys, clarinetist
- Christopher Cox, former U.S. Representative
- Štefan Füle, Czech politician and diplomat
- James L. Jones, retired United States National Security Advisor and Commandant of the Marine Corps
- Jacek Kuroń, Polish historian and politician
- Ina Marčiulionytė, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Lithuania to UNESCO
- George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, tenth Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
- Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist
- Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee
- George Soros, philanthropist
- Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Images of order insigniaEdit
- "Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas". President of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "NATO Biographies: Head of the Czech Delegation to NATO". Nato.int. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "NATO Media Library: - NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas by the Lithuanian President, Rolandas Paksas - 4 Nov. 2003". Nato.int. Retrieved 16 November 2012.