Order of Merit (Portugal)

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Order of Merit
Ordem do Mérito
Ordem do merito.jpg
Plaque and badge of the Commander
Awarded by Flag of Portugal.svg Portuguese Republic
Type Order
Eligibility Portuguese and foreign citizens; military or civilian
Awarded for Meritorious acts or services in the exercise of any functions, public or private, revealing self-sacrifice in favor of the community.[1]
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Collar
Grand Cross
Grand Officer
Commander
Officer
Knight
Established 1927 as the Ordem da Instrução e da Benemerência
1929 as the Ordem da Benemerência
1976 Current form
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Liberty
Next (lower) Order of Public Instruction
POR Ordem do Merito Medalha BAR.svg
Ribbon bar of the Order of Merit

The Ordem do Mérito or Order of Merit is an Order given in Portugal to honor those responsible for distinguished acts or services in the public or private sphere. This order replaced in 1976, the Ordem da Benemerência (Order of Volunteerism), which was founded in 1927.[2]

Grades[edit]

  • POR Ordem do Merito Gra-Cruz BAR.svg Grand Cross (GCM) (Grã-Cruz)
  • POR Ordem do Merito Gran-Oficial BAR.svg Grand Officer (GOM) (Grande-Oficial)
  • POR Ordem do Merito Comendador BAR.svg Commander (ComM) (Comendador)
  • POR Ordem do Merito Oficial BAR.svg Officer (OM) (Oficial)
  • POR Ordem do Merito Medalha BAR.svg Medal (MedM) (Medalha)
  • Honorary Member (MHM) (Membro Honorário)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ordens de Mérito Civil – História da Ordem do Mérito". Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Chancelaria das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Ordens de Mérito Civil – Ordem do Mérito". Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas (in Portuguese). Chancelaria das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. 2008. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  3. ^ Anuário Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas 1975-2007 (Adobe Acrobat) (in Portuguese). Chancelaria das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. June 2008. pp. 5–63. ISBN 978-972-8971-40-3. Retrieved 2010-09-12.  List of all appointments to the Order of Merit correct as at December 2007