It was also reported that the accolade is the “highest diplomatic honor an international guest can ever obtain from the Government and People of Liberia.” This is also erroneous, as the decoration may be awarded to “any person for valor or extraordinary services on behalf of humanity or in the interest of African Redemption,” according to a 1979 publication of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism (MICAT). Therefore it is not a “diplomatic honor” per se.
The highest Order of Merit that may be awarded to “international guests” is actually the Most Venerable Order of Knighthood of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia - Green Ribbon. “Foreigners,” according to MICAT, “may be admitted to Honorary Membership of the Order,” including “outstanding and distinguished personages in international affairs, government, religion, art, science or commerce, and in cases of singular acts of philanthropy and deeds of heroism and valor.”
Thanks for the space.
Spencer D. Browne, Sr.
Editor’s Note: Thank you for the correction and for offering your most esteemed knowledge on the institution of national honors.