What is a symbol of the salvation of life

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Bavarian Maximilian Order

The Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art is awarded every two years by the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding achievements in the fields of science and art and represents a particularly high state honor. The number of order holders should not exceed one hundred.

Bavarian Maximilian Order in the category women (left) and men (right).

German scientists and artists are honored. The medal is given to men and women in one class.

The prime minister and the ministers of state for their areas of responsibility as well as the two departments of the order are entitled to make proposals.

In addition, anyone can submit suggestions for the award of an order (PDF) to the district administrative authorities, governments, Bavarian State Ministries and the Bavarian State Chancellery.

The Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art was created in 1980 following the order originally donated by King Maximilian II in 1853.

Left: Bavarian Maximilian Order

Bavarian Order of Merit

The Bavarian Order of Merit has been awarded every year since 1957 by the Prime Minister as a sign of honorable and grateful recognition for outstanding services to the Free State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people.

It symbolizes the outstanding commitment and extraordinary commitment of the citizens in the Free State to the community. The number of order holders should not exceed 2,000.

Bavarian Order of Merit in the category women (left) and men (right).

The Bavarian Order of Merit in the form of a Maltese Cross is awarded to men and women in one class.

The Prime Minister and the Minister of State are entitled to make nominations for their areas of responsibility. In addition, anyone can submit suggestions for the award of an order (PDF) to the district administrative authorities, governments, Bavarian State Ministries and the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Left: Bavarian Order of Merit

Decoration of honor of the Bavarian Prime Minister

Decoration of honor of the Bavarian Prime Minister for services in honorary office.

TheHonorary badge of the Bavarian Prime Minister for services in honorary office has been awarded since 1994 as an honorary recognition for many years of excellent voluntary work. The Prime Minister awards his badge of honor to people who have made outstanding contributions through their active work in clubs, organizations and other communities with cultural, sporting, social or other charitable goals - primarily in the local area and for at least 15 years.

Decoration of honor of the Bavarian Prime Minister for services abroad.

On April 1, 2021 theBadge of honor of the Bavarian Prime Minister for services abroad donated. The Prime Minister awards this honorary badge to people who have achieved outstanding services in foreign missions through a prominent personal contribution to peacekeeping, peacekeeping, saving lives, providing humanitarian aid, restoring destroyed infrastructure after disasters, protecting important cultural assets and property functioning states, to strengthen human rights or basic democratic values.

The members of the state government and the state parliament are entitled to make proposals. In addition, have for that Honorary Honorary Service The regional presidents, the district administrators and the mayors of the independent cities also have the right to make proposals. For the Foreign assignment badge of honor In addition to the members of the state government and the state parliament, the commander of the Bavarian State Command, the presidents or chairmen of the Federal Police Headquarters, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, the fire service associations and the voluntary aid organizations according to Art. 2 Para. 13 of the Bavarian Rescue Service Act are authorized to make proposals. Everyone has the right to send suggestions to those entitled to make proposals.

The bearers of the honorary mark are in the Bavarian State Gazette and in Bavarian Ministerialblatt published.

State awards for rescuing people from mortal danger

With the two awards for saving people from mortal danger, the Free State honors the courageous and unselfish commitment to saving human life and the high ethical value associated with it. The rescuers set an important social sign: “Help instead of looking the other way!

The Bavarian Rescue Medal in the category for women (left) and men (right).

The Bavarian Rescue Medal has been awarded since November 1, 1952 to people who have committed their own life to averting mortal danger or to rescuing someone from mortal danger.

The Christophorus Medal in the category for women (right) and men (left).

Since January 1, 1984, the Christophorus Medal awarded for rescue acts that were carried out under particularly difficult circumstances but without immediate danger to the life of the rescuer.

Both awards will be presented by the Bavarian Prime Minister during a ceremony.

Anyone can informally submit suggestions for awards to the district government in whose area the rescue act took place.

Left: Rescue Medal & Christophorus Medal

Medal for special services to the Free State of Bavaria in Europe and the world (Europe Medal)

The State Minister for European Affairs and International Affairs in the State Chancellery awards personalities with the Medal for special services to the Free State of Bavaria in Europe and the world, Europe Medal for short, out. Since 1990, the Free State has honored people who have rendered outstanding services to the Free State of Bavaria in a united Europe or who have contributed to Bavaria's international reputation in the world.

Medal for special services to the Free State of Bavaria in Europe and the world.

Anyone can inform the Bavarian State Chancellery to submit suggestions for the award of the Europe Medal. The State Minister for European and International Affairs in the State Chancellery decides on the award on the recommendation of the Medal Advisory Board.

The Europe Medal is not a medal or decoration in the sense of Art. 118 Para. 5 of the Bavarian Constitution.

Honoring married and old age anniversaries

The Bavarian Prime Minister honors with a letter of congratulations

  • Anniversaries on the 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th wedding anniversary
  • Age anniversaries on completion of the 18th, 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 95th, 100th and every further year of life.
Marriage and age anniversaries are honored with a letter of congratulations © RUSLAN GUZOV - Colourbox

Prerequisite: The anniversaries to be honored must have their permanent residence in Bavaria.

Anyone can submit an informal application for a letter of congratulations to all Bavarian cities and municipalities as well as to the Bavarian State Chancellery.

Left: honoring married and old age anniversaries

State awards and honors for the municipal sector

A state award can be given to people who have made a name for themselves in the municipal sector, in particular in the exercise of municipal honorary positions, in the fire brigade or in a voluntary aid organization that is obliged to provide disaster relief and is involved in the rescue service.

Voluntary services to the fire extinguishing system or to the voluntary aid organizations that are obliged to provide disaster relief and are involved in the rescue service are honored with the fire service badge of honor and the badge of honor for

  • the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK),
  • the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Landesverband Bayern e.V. (ASB),
  • the German Life Saving Society of Bavaria (DLRG),
  • Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. Bavarian Association (JUH),
  • the Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. Bavaria (MHD),
  • the Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk Landesverband Bayern (THW).

The badge of honor on the ribbon is called a badge of honor

  • second class for a 25 year old
  • first class for a 40 year old
  • as a great badge of honor for a 50 year old

active service time with a volunteer fire brigade, a works fire brigade or one of the named voluntary aid organizations. For special services to the fire brigade or in fighting fires and other emergencies or for special services to one of the above-mentioned voluntary aid organizations, the badge of honor is awarded as a cross between the State Ministry of the Interior, for Sport and Integration.

The communal certificate of thanks and the communal medal of merit in bronze, silver and gold are awarded for special services to communal self-government.

Honored field jury members who have proven themselves over a 25-, 40- or 50-year term of office receive a certificate of honor from the State Ministry of Finance and Homeland.

Awarding a federal or state order can also be considered for services in the municipal area.

Link: Honors in the municipal area

Honors at the county level

The districts honor deserving personalities with gifts of honor, medals of honor or rings of honor, among other things. Former district administrators are given the honorary title of former district administrator.

The district office also participates in state honors:

The district can honor a person for special services to local self-government and propose them to the State Ministry of the Interior, for Sport and Integration for an award with the local certificate of thanks or the local medal of merit in bronze, silver or gold.

In the case of other orders and decorations of the state, for example the Bavarian Order of Merit, Federal Order of Merit or state medals, the district offices can give suggestions to the higher authorities, for example the governments.

The district office itself is entitled to make proposals for the awarding of the fire brigade councilors, inspectors and foremen with the fire service badge and for the badge of honor of the Bavarian Prime Minister for the merits of women and men active in voluntary work. In addition, every citizen can submit a suggestion for honoring deserving citizens to the district office.

Link: Honors at the district level

Honors at the community level

The congregations can, among other things, honor personalities who have made a particular contribution

  • the appointment as an honorary citizen,
  • Honorary gifts,
  • Medals of Honor,
  • Rings of Honor.

Former mayors can be awarded the honorary title of former mayor or former mayor.

The community also participates in state honors:

For special services to municipal self-government, the municipality can suggest people worthy of recognition to the State Ministry of the Interior, for Sport and Integration for an award with the municipal certificate of thanks or the municipal medal of merit in bronze, silver or gold.

For services in the fire department, the municipality or the fire department commander suggests to the district administrative authority people worthy of recognition for the fire department badge of honor.

To honor deserving field jury members, the community submits its proposals to the Ministry of Finance and Homeland via the Office for Digitization, Broadband and Surveying.

The municipality submits the applications for honoring old and married anniversaries by the Federal President or the Bavarian Prime Minister.

In the case of other orders and decorations of the state, for example the Bavarian Order of Merit, Federal Order of Merit, decorations of the Bavarian Prime Minister for the merits of women and men active in voluntary work or state medals, the municipality can give suggestions to the higher-level authorities - usually the one responsible for the municipality Court House. In addition, every citizen can submit suggestions for the award via his / her community.

Link: Honors at the community level

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Bavarian Prime Minister is entitled to propose the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He suggests deserving citizens of the Free State to the Federal President for an award. Domestic and foreign women and men receive the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for their political, economic-social and spiritual achievements as well as for all special services to the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in the social, charitable or human area.

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Anyone can informally submit suggestions for the award of an order to the district administrative authorities, governments, ministries of state, the Bavarian State Chancellery and the Office of the Federal President.

Already knew? Federal President Theodor Heuss brought the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany into being on September 7, 1951 with the decree on the foundation of the "Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany".

Link: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany