National Order of the Cedar

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National Order of the Cedar
National Order of the Cedar commander badge (Lebanon 1970) - Tallinn Museum of Orders.jpg
Commander's badge of the order.
Awarded by  Lebanon
Type State order
Established 31 December 1936
Awarded for Great services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service
Status Active
Grades Five
Next (higher) Lebanese Order of Merit
Next (lower) Navy Medal
Officer medal of the National Order of the Cedar.

The National Order of the Cedar (Arabic: وسام الأرز الوطنيWisām al-Arz al-Waṭaniy French: Ordre National du Cèdre) is the highest state order of Lebanon, established on 31 December 1936.[1] It is offered in five grades.[2]


The Order was created on the 31 December 1936, but is regulated by the Lebanese Code of Decorations as set out in Decree-Law 122 of 12 June 1959.[3] It is awarded, usually by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, for “great services rendered to Lebanon, for acts of courage and devotion of great moral value, as for years in public service”.


The Medal itself consists of a five-pointed white enamel gilt-edged Maltese cross with stylised green and brown enamel cedars of Lebanon between the arms on a green enamel laurel wreath suspension; the face with a central red enamel medallion inscribed in Arabic ‘Lubnan’ (Lebanon) within an inscribed gilt ring; the reverse with a circular central gilt medallion bearing the red and white enamel national flag of the Republic of Lebanon within an inscribed gilt ring. It has a diameter of 20 mm (¾ inch).

National Order of the Cedar ribbon bars
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Grand Cordon
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Grand Officer
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LBN National Order of the Cedar - Officer BAR.png
LBN National Order of the Cedar - Knight BAR.png

Recipients in selection


  • Gharleb Farha, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for Arab Gulf Region, 2018
  • Michael Beary, Irish Army Major-General, 2018[4]
  • Melhem Barakat, (1942–2016) Lebanese singer and songwriter, 2016
  • Fouad Naffah, (1925–2017) Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2017
  • Toni Issa, former Board of Directors of IPT Group, 2014
  • Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese politician, 2014. Was awarded the medal by President Michel Suleiman "in appreciation for his national role and political moderation and his call for dialogue among political rivals."[5]
  • Wissam al-Hassan, (1965–2012) Chief of Information Branch – Grand officer, 2012.
  • Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, Australia — Grand Cordon, 2012.
  • Ali Wehbi",The Lebanese Desert Runner" – Knight, 2012
  • Ghassan Tueni, (1926–2012) Journalist and politician, 2012.
  • Salim Ghazal, Melkite Bishop and Champion of Co-Existence in Lebanon, Commander – 2011.
  • Bashar al-Assad, Syrian President – Grand Cordon, 2010.
  • Paolo Gerometta, Italian UNIFIL SWC and JTF-L Commander, Knight – 2010.






  • Edwin Terry Prothro, American Psychologist and Educator, Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut – Knight, 1969.
  • Petar Zdravkovski, ambassador of Yugoslavia to Lebanon 1965–1967 (passed away in Beirut July 24, 1967), awarded Grand Cordon posthumously, 1967.
  • Fairuz, Lebanese Singer – Knight, 1957 – Commander, 1963.
  • Stephen Henry Roberts, Australian Historian, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney (1947–1967) – Knight, 1961.
  • Ali Oayda, prominent Lebanese businessman, migrated to Australia 1950.-Knight


Unknown dates


  1. ^ "Suleiman Grants al-Rahi Order of Cedar, Urges Officials to Attend Dialogue". Naharnet. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Lebanon: National Order of the Cedar". Medals. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ "National Order of the Cedar". Global Security. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ "AOUN DECORATES UNIFIL COMMANDER WITH NATIONAL CEDAR MEDAL UPON MISSION EN". National News Agency. Ministry of Information Lebanese Republic. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Jumblatt to miss Sleiman in politics". The Daily Star. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  6. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Europa Publications. p. 86.

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