Civil decorations awarded to military personnel should not be considered military decorations, although some orders of chivalry have civil and military divisions. Decorations received by police and fire brigade personnel may sometimes be considered alongside military decorations, on which they may be modelled, although they are strictly not military awards.
Decorations have been known since ancient times. Celts and Romans wore a torc, Dayaks wore and still wear tattoos, etc. Necklaces and bracelets were given during the early Middle Ages, evolving into richly jewelled big necklaces, often with a pendant (commonly a medal) attached.
Today military decorations include:
On everyday occasions, only the ribbons are normally worn.
HUSBAND'S MILITARY DECORATION WARMS HEART OF MADISON WOMAN SHE WILL ACCEPT HIS POSTHUMOUS PURPLE HEART FROM VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE IN CEREMONY TUESDAY.(Local/ Wisconsin)
Aug 19, 2000; It was about 50 years ago that a pregnant Ellen Blissenbach first learned of her young husband's death as a prisoner of war in...
ISRAELI WAR HERO, BEN-ZION LEITNER, PASSES AWAY LEITNER RECEIVED THE HIGHEST ISRAELI MILITARY DECORATION FOR A HEROIC AMBUSH AGAINST ENEMY FORCES DURING THE ISRAELI WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.
Mar 26, 2012; JERUSALEM, Israel -- The following information was released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF): Ben-Zion Leitner who received the...