|Order of Merit|
(Orden al Mérito)
|Awarded by |
the President of Chile
|Type||Order of merit|
|Established||1817 (as Legion of Merit)|
1906 (as Medal of the Merit)
1929 (as Order of Merit)
|Awarded for||Civil actions in benefit of the Republic|
|Founder||Bernardo O'Higgins (1817)|
Germán Riesco (1906)
Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (1929)
|President||President of Chile|
|Chancellor||Chilean Foreign Minister|
|Next (lower)||Order of Bernardo O'Higgins|
The Order of Merit (Spanish: Orden al Mérito) is a Chilean military order and was created in 1929. Succeeding the Medal of the Merit, which was created during the term of the President Germán Riesco through the Minister of War decree No. 1350 on 4 September 1906. This new national distinction was created to recognize the meritorious service provided by foreign military personnel to Chilean officials. The order is only awarded to foreigners.
In 1817, Bernardo O'Higgins created the Legion of Merit, with the aim of recognizing the ones who have provided help to Chile, specially during its independence. In 1823, when O'Higgins fled the country after his abdication, the Legion was extinct.
Nevertheless, in 1906, Germán Riesco created the Medal of the Merit, with the same aim as the current Order: award those who gave civil services to the Republic. The first 200 military medals were minted in gold and silver, giving them the title of First and Second Class. They were minted at the Casa de la Moneda, having a tricolor ribbon. The order had three classes: First, Second, and Third Class; but later a new class was added (Grand Officer) that would be awarded to heads of state.
|Collar||Collar Grade Star||Grand Cross||Grand Cross Star||Grand Officer and Commander|
|Commander Star||Officer's Cross||Knight's Cross|