Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal

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Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal
Médaille Commémorative du Centenaire de l' Indépendance Nationale AVERS.jpg
Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal (obverse)
Awarded by Flag of Belgium.svg Kingdom of Belgium
Type Commemorative medal
Eligibility Civil servants, veterans and serving members of the Belgian Armed Forces
Awarded for Twenty years of state service prior to 1 January 1931
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established 20 July 1930
Reverse of the medal
Lieutenant General Félix Wielemans, a recipient of the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal
Lieutenant Colonel Baron Willy Coppens, a recipient of the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal

The Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal 1830-1930 (French: Médaille Commémorative du Centenaire de l'Indépendance Nationale 1830-1930, Dutch: Herinneringsmedaille van 100 Jaars de Onafhankelijkheid 1830-1930) was a Belgian commemorative medal established by royal decree on 20 July 1930 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belgian independence.[1]

It was awarded to serving members of the Belgian Armed Forces and to veterans of the service as well as to civil servants who served honourably for twenty years or more prior to 1 January 1931 and who were thus eligible for the Civic Decoration for long service, the Military Cross or the Military Decoration.[1]

Award description[edit]

The Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal was a 32mm wide by 30mm high silvered bronze octagon surmounted by a crown giving it a total height of 41mm. Its obverse bore the left facing profiles of kings Leopold I, Leopold II and Albert I of Belgium. The reverse bore the relief years "1830" and "1930" on two rows slightly offset from center superimposed over oak and laurel leaves.[1]

The medal was suspended by a ring through a suspension loop from a white 38mm wide silk moiré ribbon with the national colours of Belgium as 3mm wide edge stripes (1mm black, 1mm yellow and 1mm red).[1]

Noteworthy recipients (partial list)[edit]

The individuals listed below were awarded the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Royal Decree of 20 July 1930 creating the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal". Belgian Defence Ministry. 1930-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Recipients of the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal compiled from the ARS MORIENDI web site" (in French). ARS MORIENDI. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Quinot H., 1950, Recueil illustré des décorations belges et congolaises, 4e Edition. (Hasselt)
  • Cornet R., 1982, Recueil des dispositions légales et réglementaires régissant les ordres nationaux belges. 2e Ed. N.pl., (Brussels)
  • Borné A.C., 1985, Distinctions honorifiques de la Belgique, 1830-1985 (Brussels)

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