IHMHPS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP BADGE
The International Hungarian Military History Preservation Society Lifetime
Membership Badge is awarded for the highest level of outstanding,
inspirational and exemplary service in the preservation of Hungarian military
history. Designed with the elegant bullion-embroidered order stars of antiquity
in mind, these hand-made badges, each containing over 300 hand-sewn sequins and
10cm in diameter, are awarded by the President of the IHMHPS, and are
accompanied by a Membership Badge in gold.
THE IHMHPS SERVICE CROSS
A series of awards to recognize meritorious and long-term service rendered to the International Hungarian Military History Preservation Society. The Bronze, Silver and Gold IHMHPS Service Crosses are traditional tokens of sincere gratitude and heartfelt camaraderie for IHMHPS members who offer continued support to the association, and who actively participate in the service of its interests. The crosses are suspended from traditional tri-fold moiré ribbons, each representing one of the colours of the Hungarian national flag. The overall design is based on classic patterns and symbols, yet displays modern, dynamic elements. The sword is central, recalling military heritage, and the torch of knowledge remains uppermost, declaring the desire to further interest and understanding. The letter “V” decorates each arm of the cross in tribute to the society’s beginnings as the Vancouver Chapter of the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans.
THE IHMHPS BADGE OF HONOUR
The International Hungarian Military History
Preservation Society’s Badge of Honour has been instituted as a token of
gratitude for IHMHPS members, honorary members and non-members alike. A great
deal of voluntary work is so often overlooked and undervalued, however, it is
the intention of the IHMHPS to always ensure that exemplary dedication to the
preservation of Hungarian military history, and to our organisation, is properly
The IHMHPS Membership Badge
The International Hungarian Military History Preservation Society Membership Badge was inspired by that of the old Frontline Fighters’ Association – a combination of the original “1914-1918” insignia, the mysterious Új Front (New Front) badge, and elements from the new organization. The badge is 1.7cm x 2.7cm, and in silver for members in good standing.
The IHMHPS Re-Enactor Badge was
instituted in 2008. It is awarded
to IHMHPS members are involved with World War I and World War II Hungarian or
Austro-Hungarian historical re-enactment, and who have put together at least one
complete, authentic (original or replica) military uniform that they can wear to
accurately represent a Hungarian or Austro-Hungarian combatant. The badge is
8.5cm wide, and is hand-embroidered gold and silver bullion thread on grass
green wool backing.
THE MHBK GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS OF MERIT
The MHBK Gold
and Silver Medals of Merit were instituted in 2004. Both medals are of the same design, and feature the insignia of the MHBK
and the words Bajtársi Szolgálatért (For Service to Comrades) on their obverse,
and Magyar Harcosok Bajtársi Közössége (Hungarian Veterans’ Association)
above a sword and wreath on their reverse. MHBK members, honorary members and
non-members are eligible for the medals of merit, awarded for exemplary service
to the MHBK or in the interest of the organization, and were issued by the MHBK
Vancouver Chapter until 2008.
THE MHBK VANCOUVER CHAPTER 1956 COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL
The MHBK Vancouver Chapter 1956 Commemorative was instituted in 2006, on the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. It was designed by Peter Czink, and is made of bronze. The reverse will be identical to that of the MHBK Medal of Merit (Magyar Harcosok Bajtársi Közössége above a sword and wreath), but the obverse features the revolutionary Hungarian coat-of-arms, the dates 1956 and 2006, A Forradalom Emlékére (In Commemoration of the Revolution) above, and MHBK Vancouveri Csoport below. It hangs from a traditional 40mm wide ribbon, with equal stripes of red, white and green (representing both the Hungarian and Canadian national colours). This medal was not only a commemorative one. Its purpose was also to symbolize and thank each recipient’s dedication to the remembrance of the Uprising, and the support of the MHBK Vancouver Chapter. It was awarded to MHBK Vancouver Chapter members, honorary members and non-members who took active part in any of the aspects of the MHBK Vancouver Chapter’s 1956-2006 commemoration projects; contributed artifacts (by donation or loan), unique information, or services; donated significant financial contributions, or who were outspoken and helpful in their support for any of these projects.