What are the areas according to English honors

Federal, state and district honors

Many citizens volunteer in addition to their job and private obligations. With a lot of time and great competence, you make a significant contribution to our society, without which life in our country would not be possible. Whether in a club, in politics, in the hospice, in sports or in the fire brigade - the many helping hands are indispensable.

Our country fathers have donated various orders and decorations to honor these special achievements - although very few of the volunteers expect a thank you let alone an award.

The medals and decorations awarded most frequently are presented below.

Order of honor of the Main-Taunus-Kreis

The Main-Taunus-Kreis recognizes people who have made a special contribution to the district with their voluntary work with the plaque of honor, designation of honor, certificate of honor and gifts of honor.

The suggestion is made informally, stating personal details (first name and family name, home address, date and place of birth and maiden name for women)

as well as the

  • Presentation of the type and scope of the special services rendered to the Main-Taunus district and the common good
  • if applicable, reference persons or organizations who can comment on the proposal

You can find more information in the articles of association:

Honorary regulations of the Main-Taunus-Kreis (125.93 KB)

Letter of honor from the State of Hesse

The State of Hesse's letter of honor has been awarded by the Hessian Prime Minister since 1973 for many years of voluntary work in local self-government or for participation in organizations with cultural or social goals. The letter of honor of the State of Hesse can be received by people who have been active in local politics for at least twelve years or who have volunteered in non-profit associations with cultural or social goals. Activities in different areas and at different times can be added together. In exceptional cases, especially if the activity was only started at an advanced age or in the case of exceptionally high performance, the letter of honor can also be awarded without this requirement.

Do you want to propose someone? You can find the relevant form and a sample of the certificate here:

Application for the award of the letter of honor of the State of Hesse (592.91 KB)

Sample: State Letter of Honor of the State of Hesse (314.75 KB)

Further information on the various orders and decorations of the State of Hesse and the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the website of the Hessian State Chancellery.

Hessian Order of Merit and Hessian Order of Merit on ribbon

The Hessian Order of Merit honors outstanding services to the State of Hesse and its population, regardless of residence and nationality. The medal is usually handed over by the Hessian Prime Minister.

The application is made informally. You can find more information on the website of the Hessian State Chancellery.

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss for “achievements that serve the reconstruction of the fatherland in the political, economic, social and spiritual fields”.

It is awarded in eight different levels:

  • Merit Medal
  • Cross of Merit on ribbon
  • Cross of Merit 1st Class
  • Great Cross of Merit
  • Great Cross of Merit with a star
  • Large cross of merit with star and shoulder ribbon
  • Grand Cross
  • Special level of the Grand Cross

Anyone can suggest the award of the Order of Merit to other fellow citizens. Anyone who would like to submit a suggestion can do so informally to the District Administrator and Lord Mayor and the State or Senate Chancellery of the federal state in which the person to be awarded is domiciled. For citizens of Hesse, this is the Hessian State Chancellery, Georg-August-Zinn-Strasse 1, 65183 Wiesbaden.

You can find a form for suggestions here:

Handout for a suggestion for the award of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (113.78 KB)