Governor of Washington Awards Medals Created by Northwest Territorial Mint

Northwest Territorial Mint: Washington Awards Medals Created by Northwest Territorial MintOlympia, Washington - February 2007 - Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed recently honored eight individuals with achievement medals created by Northwest Territorial Mint. The medals were presented to recipients in a special joint legislative session held at the state capitol on February 20.

The Medal of Valor, awarded for saving the life of a fellow Washingtonian, was given to four individuals: Travis Jackson and Dennis Kinsey of Clark County; Jim Swett of Skagit County; and Greg Meinhold of Snohomish County.

The Medal of Merit, honoring lifetime achievement, was presented to Linda B. Buck, Ph.D; Dale Chihuly; Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D.; and former Washington Governor Dan Evans.

Though made from different materials, the medals display the same basic design, consisting of the seal of the State of Washington surrounded by a raised laurel wreath on the front and engraved message on the reverse. Both medals feature a green ribbon suspended from a thin metal bar.

The Medal of Valor is made of pure silver and features a solid silver bar at the top of the ribbon that reads "For Valor." The reverse is engraved with the name of the recipient and an inscription that reads "For exceptionally valorous service, given in the act of saving the life of another."

The Medal of Merit is made from solid bronze. In addition to the recipient's name, the reverse reads "For exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding services to the people and state of Washington."

In his formal remarks given at the Capitol ceremony, Mr. Reed commented that the medals ".are of the highest quality and are a testament to the professionalism and attention to detail of the people who made them."

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Northwest Territorial Mint: Did You Know?The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is often colloquially referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor because the President presents the award "in the name of the Congress". This medal is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." Design of the medal varies by branch of the service.