Grand cordon

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the cordon or broad ribbon, identified with the highest grade in certain honorary orders; hence, a person who holds that grade.

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I must be made count and receive the grand cordon of the Legion of honor as a reward for my public services.
This year, Sandy was presented with the prestigious Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest awards bestowed by the government of Japan, for his significant contributions to strengthening the relations between the United States and Japan.
Moncef Marzouki, du Grand Cordon de l'Ordre de la Republique.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased to announce that Mr Murray McLean AO, Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation and Australia s former Ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2011, was honoured on 5 November by the Japanese Government with the award of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of his distinguished achievements in international relations over many years, particularly in Japan.
Singh, 82, was presented 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers' by Japanese Emperor Akihito for his "significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship" between Japan and India for about 35 years.
Theo-Ben Gurirab this week Thursday received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Akihito.
I'll be a candidate no matter what," he was quoted as telling reporters after receiving the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan's highest distinction, from Emperor Akihito.
Obaid was conferred with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in Oct.
And he is probably the only man ever to be given the Medal of Honor, the French Legion of Honor and Japan's Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun - given in 2011 "for his long and distinguished career in public service.
NNA - Lebanon bid farewell Sunday to Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and the entire East in a funeral held at Saint Nicholas Church in Achrafiyeh, attended by a throng of political, diplomatic and religious figures, whereby President Michel Sleiman offered National Order of cedar rank of Grand Cordon to the late Patriarch.
The Monarch decorated the Qatari diplomat with the Grand Cordon of the Alaouite Wissam.
In 1988 he was given the Japanese Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon, and in 2001 when he was presented with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure.