Democracy Service Medal
The Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy created its Democracy Service Medal to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the progress of democracy around the world.
The cast bronze medallion, which reads simply, “For Service in the Cause of Democracy,” was first awarded to the former Polish President and founder of the Solidarity trade union movement Lech Walesa, and former AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland. It was presented in April 1999 on the 10th anniversary of the roundtable agreement that led to the peaceful transition to democracy in Poland. It has since been presented to a wide range of individuals who have demonstrated through personal commitment, their dedication to the advancement of freedom and human rights, and to the building of democratic institutions.
Leszek Kolakowski, Poland
Mort Abramowitz, USA; Emmanuel Kampouris, USA; Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic
Tom Donahue, USA
John C. Whitehead, USA; John Richardson, USA
Bob Graham, USA; Seymour Martin Lipset, USA; Matthew McHugh, USA
Enrique Bolaños, Nicaragua; Donald Payne, USA
Chen-Wu Sue-jen, Taiwan; Jan Nowak, Poland; Paula J. Dobriansky, USA
John Brademas, USA; Fred Iklé, USA; Richard Lugar, USA; Stephen Solarz, USA
John B. Hurford, USA
Lech Walesa, Poland; Lane Kirkland, USA; Alexandr Vondra, Czech Republic; Martin Butora, Slovakia