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General Honor Decoration
Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen
HessenAllgEhrenzeich.jpg
Obverse of the General Honor Decoration of Hesse
Awarded by the
Grand Duchy of Hesse
Type Civil and military decoration
Statistics
Established 25 September 1843
Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (Hesse) - ribbon bar.png
Ribbon of the decoration

The General Honor Decoration (German: Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen) was a civil and military decoration of the Grand Duchy of Hesse. Established 25 September 1843, the medal could be awarded to recognize several different accomplishments or merits. The reason for the award of the medal was determined by the inscription on the reverse of the medal, with the obverse bearing the effigy of the reigning Grand Duke of Hesse.[1]

There were nine different reverse inscriptions for the medal:[2][3]

  • FÜR VERDIENSTE (FOR MERIT)
  • FÜR TREUE DIENSTE (FOR FAITHFUL SERVICE)
  • FÜR LANGJÄHRIGE TREUE DIENSTE (FOR MANY YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE)
  • FÜR FÜNFZIG JÄHRIGE TREUE DIENSTE (FOR FIFTY YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE)
  • FÜR RETTUNG VON MENSCHEN-LEBEN (FOR RESCUE OF HUMAN LIFE)
  • FÜR WIEDERHOLTE RETTUNG VON MENSCHEN-LEBEN (FOR REPEATED RESCUE OF HUMAN LIFE)
  • FÜR TREUE ARBEIT (FOR FAITHFUL WORK)
  • FÜR KRIEGS-VERDIENSTE (FOR WAR MERIT)
  • FÜR TAPFERKEIT (FOR BRAVERY)

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