The first medals to be awarded to Israeli troops were presented at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday (12 April).
The first medals to be awarded to Israeli troops were presented at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday (12 April). Some of the awards relate to achievements dating as far back as 1948. Some were posthumous honours, presented to the recipients' next of kin.
Until this occasion, bravery awards had been restricted to citations. The medals presented on Thursday were for "exemplary conduct." There are two higher grades of award -- "bravery" and "Valour" -- which will be presented on later occasions.
Israel's Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General David Elazar, presented 384 medals -- 60, posthumously.
SYNOPSIS: At the Convention Hall in Jerusalem, a ceremony for the presentation of the first medals ever to be awarded to Israeli troops. Many were received by relatives of the men who'd won them; and sixty out of the 384 medals were posthumous awards. Lieutenant-General David Elazar, Israel's Chief of Staff, made the presentations.
Until now, Israel had only rewarded its men with citations. Some of the with citations. Some of the medals were for deeds dating as far back as 1948.
All the medals in this ceremony were presented for "Exemplary Conduct." Israel has also created two higher awards. These categories will be known as "For Bravery" and "For Valour." There'll be further ceremonies later in the year for presentation of these other medals. General Elazar conducted the ceremony in place of the Defence Minister, General Dayan, who'd been called to an urgent Government meeting.