14 Feb 11

Serbia: Honouring the Brave

Four years after the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro broke apart, the state has designed new Serbian medals. President Tadic will present the new medals, for the first time on National Day.

Gordana Andric
Belgrade Insight
Belgrade

Eight members of police force, army and fire department will be honoured for their deeds at a ceremony on February 15th.

Among them are police officers, Vladimir Grandic, killed while he was trying to stop the robbery, whose medal will be presented to his family, Rodoljub Milovic who led number of actions against organised crime and Biljana Lazarevic, leader of the Serbian unit of the UN peace mission in Haiti that refused to be evacuated after the earthquake in order to help the Haitian people. They will all receive the Milos Obilic medal for bravery.

The medal is awarded for acts of personal heroism above and beyond the call of duty. A Milos Obilic medal was first awarded for heroism in the army by Montenegrin Prince-Bishop Petar Petrovic Njegos in 1847.

In Serbia, a medal under this name was first introduced by King Petar Karadjordjevic in 1913 and was awarded for personal courage demonstrated on the battlefield during the war with Bulgaria.

The merit medal will be awarded for achievements in the fields of economy, education, culture and sport and the loyal service medal will be assigned for achievements in the fields of defence and security.

Each medal has two categories, gold and silver, although the gold medals are made of fine silver and gold-plated.  Each medal weighs 45.2 grams.

The medal’s designers however may not be receiving their own awards, as they have managed to cast a Serbian coat of arms on the reverse from before recent changes to the design in November.

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