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Monday, 25 May 2020 00:00

On May 9th a Special Medal was instituted by the European Paratroopers President Giulio Festa to award the EPA members and non-members alike who have served in the fight against COVID-19.

"These people have served the community, our countries, our people and have rendered a service to mankind. They have helped others in front of themselves dedicating their care, skills, knowledge and financial to everyone else with dedication and sincerity. Others have given their lives in the process of helping others," said President Festa "We at the European Paratroopers Association were and still are on the first line of this fight, recognizing what these amazing people have done and are still doing. We are proud to show them that not only we do care and thank them, but we show our gratitude as well, with an award that is recognized by the world all over" continued Festa.

The COVID-19 Service Medal can be awarded to current members of the European Paratroopers Association but also to the armed forces, health and medical services, civil protection organizations, police and firefighters personnel, and to all volunteers who served, at great personal risk, to the front line in the fight against the COVID-19 or have supported those working on the front line by producing and donating vital personal protective equipment, as well as to everyone else who, with dedication, generosity and sincerity provided valuable contributions to the fight. The same medal may be awarded to the COVID-19 survivors and to the people who were helping them dedicating their care, as well as may be awarded posthumously to a designated survivor of the deceased.


You can apply for the medal if you meet the criteria, so you may contact our Medal Office in the first instance.


Medal and Ribbon Description

The medal is an antique bronze color metal disc 35 mm in diameter. The obverse depicts a triangle (international symbol of the civil defence) with above a biohazard symbol superimposed with a CBRN Gas Mask, (to symbolize the “war on virus”). At the top of the medal is the inscription: "FOR WAR ON VIRUS" and on the bottom is a piece of barbed wire (to symbolize the front-line in the pandemic fight). Centered on the reverse of the medal within a barbed wire circle, is the EPA logo. Encircling it is the inscription "EUROPEAN PARATROOPERS". The medal is suspended from a purplish red (international color of the airborne forces), blue and orange (international colors of the civil defence) ribbon 37mm wide. The ribbon has a wide center orange stripe, flanked on either side by a thin blue stripe, with a wide purplish red stripe at the edges.


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