|Cross of Recognition|
Grand Cross of the Cross of Recognition
|Awarded by Latvia|
|Type||5 class Order, with honor medals in 5 grades.|
|Awarded for||Special services in public, cultural, science, sports and education.|
|Motto||Pour les bonnêtes gens|
(For people of honour)
|Next (higher)||Order of Viesturs|
|Next (lower)||Medal of Honour of the Order of Three Stars|
Ribbon bar of the cross
The decoration was established in 1710 in the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia by Duke Frederick William as a symbol of the then-established Order of Recognition (l'Ordre de la Reconnaissance). According to the order's statute, it was established "in thanks to God Almighty for the recovery of Courland after the Great Northern War" ("et in memoriam recuperatae Curlandiae"). The order was bestowed for outstanding civilian and military accomplishments. Frederick William died in January 1711. No more than 18 people were awarded the order and its cross by then. After his death, no further orders were presented.
With the beginning of the Soviet occupation of Latvia, the bestowing of the order was halted.
After the restoration of the independence of Latvia, the decoration was restored again as the Cross of Recognition in 2004. It is awarded to Latvians and foreigners for special services in public, cultural, science, sports and education.