Order of the Eagle Cross, I Class Cross
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The Order of the Eagle Cross was established by the Estonian Defence League in 1928 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Estonian independence. In 1936, it was adopted by the Estonian Parliament in the Decoration Act, which recognised it as a national award. It was later suppressed during the Soviet occupation, but it was renewed in 1995 following the restoration of Estonian independence.
It is conferred upon Estonian citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious military service and other services rendered to national defence. It is awarded with swords, in all grades, when conferred upon military personnel. It may also be awarded posthumously.
The I Class Cross sash is 105mm for men and 64mm for women. The reverse inscription translates to "For the Homeland."
Bronze gilt/Silver/Silver gilt/Enamelled
Rev: 24 II 1928 PRO PATRIA
Roman Tavast, Tallinn
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