Indiana Society SAR Awards & Recognition
The Patriot Medal is awarded only by a state society. It is the highest award given for service at the state or chapter level. This medal is presented only to individuals and may be received only once. It represents long, faithful and outstanding service at the state and/or chapter level. Service at the national level cannot be considered in making the award.
The medal is sterling silver and bears the portrait of Compatriot General of the Army Douglas MacArthur on the obverse within the inscription, “The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.” The reverse is inscribed “Awarded to for Patriotic Service by the Society SAR, 20 ” The medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of royal blue color. The design for the medal was selected by Compatriot MacArthur. He received the first medal, presented posthumously at his tomb in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 19, 1964, where it is on permanent display. The Patriot Medal is available in full and miniature sizes.
The State Medal of Distinguished Service, authorized in 1998, is the highest Medal that can be awarded by a State Society President during each year of his term of office. It is presented to a compatriot for distinguished service rendered to the State Society on the state level during a State Society’s President’s term of office. The Medal should be presented at the State Society annual meeting at the conclusion of the President’s term of office. The State Medal of Distinguished Service is presented by the incumbent State Society President and does not require other approval
A State President may present only one Medal of Distinguished Service during each year of his tenure as State Society President. If a Compatriot while serving as President, steps down, and is later on elected to another term, that is considered two separate terms, and the President is allowed to award a State Medal of Distinguished Service medal during his second term.
A compatriot may receive this medal only once from a State Society. Dual and transferred members may not receive this medal from more than one Society.
The Meritorious Service Medal was authorized in 1980 and may be awarded to Compatriots who have rendered long, faithful and meritorious service to their chapter, state society, district, or to the National Society. This medal may be awarded by the National Society, a district, a state society, or a chapter and is awarded for lesser services than would merit the Patriot Medal. It may be awarded to an individual once by the National Society, a district, a state society or a chapter. The President General may make multiple awards of this medal to a compatriot without referral to any committee. The meritorious service rendered should be stated in the citation.
The medal has a silver finish and bears on the obverse a relief of Thomas Jefferson. On the reverse inside a pair of laurel branches is space to insert the recipient’s name and the date of presentation. It is available in miniature and comes with a certificate which should be engrossed and presented with the medal.
The Liberty Medal commemorates the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, reminds us of our liberty and is presented for recruiting new members to the SAR. The medal was authorized in 1987.
Any compatriot who after March 31, 1986, signed as first-line sponsor, the membership application of ten new members. For the purposes of this award, the person’s name signed as the first-line sponsor should be the person who recruited the new member, and it should not be the name of an officer of a state society or a chapter, or any other person, who did no more than receive the application in the course of his official duties then append his signature as first-line sponsor, and forward the application to the National Society for processing
The Silver Good Citizenship Medal was authorized in 1939 and recognizes outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement. The medal is presented to persons of prominence in the areas of government (including military service), religion, education, business and the professions, and other appropriate fields of endeavor. Since it recognizes extensive service, a biographical sketch of the candidate should accompany the request for a medal.
In the case of a non-member, the qualifications are determined by the National Society or a state society. However, in the case of a compatriot, in order to have uniform criteria, the following requirements have been established. A compatriot shall have served in six leadership capacities in any of the following local organizations: Church, School, Scouting, Fraternal, Business Associations, Government, Patriotic, Military, Veterans, Conservation, Hereditary, Genealogical, Historical or organized Sports (Little League, etc.).
The Silver Good Citizenship Medal should not be used to recognize service to the SAR, which is recognized by the Meritorious Service Medal, State Medal of Distinguished Service, or Patriot Medal.
The Silver Good Citizenship Medal may be approved and presented by the National Society or a state society. It may be presented by a chapter with approval of its state society. It may only be presented once to an individual.
The Bronze Good Citizenship Medal was authorized in 1895 and recognizes persons whose achievements are noteworthy in their school, community or state. This medal can be awarded to both adults and minors. It is a multipurpose medal serving many functions, and is awarded to the following:
1.) Persons who have made important contributions that are not as significant as those qualified for the Silver Good Citizenship Medal. 2.) The outstanding high school student in his/her school considering both citizenship and scholarship. The exact criteria is at the discretion of the presenting authority, i.e., it could be presented to a senior or junior, for overall scholarship and citizenship; or to a student with the highest grades in history and the best record in citizenship, etc. 3.) Compatriots who have served in at least four of the leadership capacities covered under the Silver Good Citizenship Medal or who qualify by some outstanding achievement in their community. The medal should not be used to recognize service to the SAR.
The medal is bronze and may be presented by the National Society, a state society or chapter. A certificate, suitable for engrossing, is available. A miniature medal is available. This medal may be presented more than once to an individual, if he/she qualifies under separate categories.
The Military Service Medal was authorized in 2006. It may be presented by a chapter or society to compatriots (or purchased by compatriots) who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, Coast Guard, or a country that was an ally of the United States, or in a United Nations Peace Keeping Force, who otherwise do not qualify for the SAR War Service Medal.
Proof of such service, in the form of a copy of the member’s discharge papers or DD214 (or other U.S. Government proof in the case of a member, in active service), must be presented to his chapter or state society secretary before the medal can be purchased and/or worn.
The War Service Medal was first authorized in 1899 for members who had served in the War with Spain. Subsequent specific War Service Medals were authorized for World War I and World War II service. Subsequently, a generic War Service Medal was authorized for those who have served in the armed forces of the United States (or a country that was an ally of the United States or in a United Nations Peace Keeping Force) and fought against a common enemy of the United States in a war or action that has been recognized by a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and for which a campaign medal and ribbon are authorized. The medal is bronze and may be presented by a chapter or society to compatriots (or purchased by compatriots).
Proof of such service, in the form of a copy of the member’s discharge (or other U.S. Government proof in the case of a member in active service), must be presented to his chapter or state society secretary before the medal can be purchased and/or worn.
The Service to Veterans Medal may be awarded to compatriots who have given long and exemplary service to veterans. The medal is awarded for 5000 USS Stark Award points accrued by the compatriot.
The medal will be awarded at the Chapter (or State level) after the member’s documentation has been approved by the Chapter Veteran Committee Chairman (or State Veteran Committee Chairman, as necessary). Documented points will be accumulated and held locally at the Chapter (or State in unusual cases) for the member seeking to qualify for this award. The cost of this award will be paid by the awarding entity.
Initially, points will be retroactive for members with duly documented points for previous veteran service.
Bronze oak leaf clusters will be awarded for multiples of 3,000 points after the first award. After 5 bronze oak leaf clusters have been awarded, a silver oak leaf cluster will be presented to replace 5 previous bronze clusters.
The SAR Color Guard Medal was authorized in 1998 and may be awarded for service to the Society at the National, District, State and Chapter Levels. The Bronze Color Guard Medal is for service at the State and Chapter Levels. The Silver Color Guard Medal is for service at the District and National Levels. The Gold Color Guard Medal may only be worn by the National Color Guard Commander and his Deputy. It may also be worn by the NSSAR Color Guardsman of the Year. Recipients may only receive the award once at each level (once at State/Chapter levels, and once at District/National Levels). Oak leaf clusters are not allowed. This medal is for three years’ service at the appropriate level. It may be broken, not continuous service, and award of this medal may be retroactive, so that any living compatriot may receive it, even if he cannot march anymore.
For Chapter and State Society level (Bronze medal), to have a satisfactory year, the participant must attend 50% of the scheduled activities of the Chapter or State Color Guard concerned. The Chapter, State Society, District, or National, Color Guard Commander will be the final person who shall have the awarding authority of the medal at the appropriate level. The Chapter, State Society President, the Vice President General, and the President General will award the appropriate medal at the appropriate level.
The Symphony on the Prairie Color Guard Medal was struck in 2007 to commemorate the fifth consecutive year the Indiana Society SAR Color Guard appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at their 4th of July concert series. The annual events provide a venue for the Sons of the American Revolution to appear before and interact with an audience that often exceeds 30,000 people. The medal is classified as commemorative and is available to both compatriots and Ladies Auxiliary members. Recipients may only receive one medal at either the silver or gold level, based upon participation.
The gold medal is presented to those who during 2003 – 2007 participated in a minimum of ten concerts. The silver medal is presented to those who participated in a minimum of three concerts during the same time period. A silver medal may be presented in years subsequent to 2007 for those participating in at least three concerts and not previously received a medal.
The Daughters of Liberty Medal, authorized in 1992, may be presented by the National Society, a district, a state society or chapter to a lady recommended by any officer of a chapter, state or National Society, SAR in appreciation for her unselfish devotion, tireless efforts and assistance to the SAR, and who has dedicated her time, energy, ability and/or finances to the organization in support and furtherance of the stated objectives of the National Society, SAR. This medal is considered second in importance only to the SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal. Consideration in awarding this medal should be given only after the SAR Medal of Appreciation or the Martha Washington Medal has been presented. The medal is gold in color, and depicts a revolutionary female astride a galloping horse as a dedicated patriot aiding the struggle for independence-as many did. The medal is suspended from a drape of blue, yellow and blue band of equal colors.
The SAR Medal of Appreciation, authorized in 1960, may be presented by the National Society, a state society, or a chapter to a member of the DAR in good standing in recognition of and in appreciation for outstanding services rendered to the SAR. The award may recognize assistance in forming new SAR chapters, obtaining a specific number of new compatriots or otherwise significantly aiding the SAR programs.
Oak Leaf Clusters may be presented to an individual if she qualifies by service to SAR rendered subsequent to the presentation of the medal or an oak leaf cluster. The medal is gold in color and bears on the obverse a relief of Molly Pitcher and is inscribed “Medal of Appreciation.” The medal is suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. The medal is accompanied by a certificate which should be engrossed and presented with the medal.
The Martha Washington Medal was authorized in 1971 and may be given by the National Society, a state society, or a chapter to a woman over 18 years of age in recognition of outstanding service to SAR. Oak Leaf Clusters may be presented to an individual if she qualifies by service to SAR rendered subsequent to the presentation of the medal or an oak leaf cluster. This medal may be awarded at the Chapter, State and National levels and may be awarded more than once if one of those awards is made by the National Society. A DAR may receive the Martha Washington Medal and the SAR Medal of Appreciation (on separate occasions) if her service warrants it.
The medal is gold in color and bears on the obverse a portrait of Martha Washington within the inscription “SAR Martha Washington Award.” It is suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors and is accompanied by a certificate which should be engrossed and presented with the medal.
The Indiana Society SAR Service Medal is awarded to members in good standing of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Sons of the American Revolution upon completion of 3 years creditable service to the INSSAR.