Republic Day honours awarded by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

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Republic Day honours awarded by President Marie-Louise Coleiro PrecaOn Republic Day, each year the President of Malta, on behalf of the Government and people of Malta, pays public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields of endeavour, by appointing them to ‘The National Order of Merit’ or to the ‘Xirka gieh ir-Repubblika,’ or by awarding them the ‘Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.’

Malta also pays tribute to foreign nationals who have distinguished themselves in different fields of endeavour, in the enhancement of international relations or who have earned the respect and gratitude of the people of the Maltese Islands.Republic Day honours awarded by President Marie-Louise Coleiro PrecaThis year’s Investiture Ceremony took place at The Palace, Valletta, on Saturday, 13 December 2014, immediately following the customary Ceremonial Parade held at St George’s Square.

During the Ceremony, the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, appointed ten Maltese nationals to The National Order of Merit and awarded the ‘Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika’ to ten individuals.

Two of these awards were made posthumously. Moreover, two foreign nationals were appointed to ‘The National Order of Merit’ on an honorary basis.Republic Day honours awarded by President Marie-Louise Coleiro PrecaIn addition, thirty-seven members of the Armed Forces of Malta were awarded the ‘Distinguished Service Medal’ (DSM) in recognition of their distinguished and exceptional role in dangerous operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea to save life at sea and rescue people in distress during 2014.

In terms of the Gieh ir-Repubblika Act, the President of Malta, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, has made the following appointments to The National Order of Merit as well as the following awards of the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika:

The National Order of Merit

Honorary Companion

His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud

Officer

Mr Anglu Camilleri (Posthumous) – Ceremony attended by Mr Clint Camilleri

Mr Alfred Pisani

Fr Marius J Zerafa OP

Honorary Officer

Mr Frank G Zarb

Member

Eng Marco Cremona

Mr Sammy Galea

Mr Anthony Edward Guillaumier

Mr Maurice Micallef

Dr Immanuel Mifsud

Dr Lillian Sciberras

Dr Alan Tua

Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika

Ms Maria Attard

Mr Paul P Borg

Mr Andrew Coleiro

Ms Josette Falzon

Fr Alberto Gauci OFM – Ceremony attended by Mr Salv Gauci

Mr Alfie Guillaumier

Dr Gejtu Pace

Mr Francis Henry Said

Mr Marc Storace

Mr Karl Vella (Posthumous) – Ceremony attended by Ms Rose Vella

Distinguished Service Medal

Major James Louis Grech

Major Etienne Scicluna

Captain Joseph Gatt

Lieutenant Mark Mercieca

Warrant Office 1 Daniel Mifsud (85913)

Staff Sergeant Jason Nappa (86232)

Staff Sergeant Alexander Galea (85996)

Sergeant Edward Santillo (86296)

Sergeant Pierre Magro (86151)

Sergeant Glenn Xuereb (86377)

Sergeant Antoine Caruana (86569)

Sergeant David Zammit (86778)

Sergeant Rohan Paul Dalli (86856)

Bombardier Anthony Vella (86827)

Lance Bombardier Peter Baldacchino (86821)

Lance Bombardier Christopher Attard (86962)

Lance Bombardier Matthew Musu (86991)

Lance Bombardier Matthew Saliba (86997)

Lance Bombardier Clint Muscat (86998)

Lance Bombardier James Grima (87070)

Lance Bombardier Kirsten Schembri (87076)

Gunner Josef Parnis (87131)

Gunner Adam Sammut (87158)

Gunner Roderick Cuschieri (87189)

Gunner David Mangion (87205)

Gunner Clayton Gatt (87212)

Gunner Andrew Vella Gregory (87287)

Gunner Clint Xuereb (87337)

Gunner Karl Doublet (87359)

Gunner Melchoir Grech (87370)

Gunner Luke Manduca (87388)

Gunner Stanley Muscat (87456)

Gunner Kenneth Ciantar (87523)

Gunner Christian Attard (87531)

Gunner Joseph Vella (87535)

Gunner Warren Ciappara (87579)

Gunner Christopher Xerri (87585).

The Address mad by the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is available for download in English here, and Maltese here.

Photo: Republic Day St George’s square by Jeremy Wonnacott

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