Original German post WW2 parade mounted medal bar: Storm Flood Service Medal 2002, Royal Dutch League for Physical Education Cross for the Four Day Marches (Marching Proficiency) Bronze Grade (marked: "KON.-BEGEER VOORSCHOTEN"), Danish Hærvejsmarchen Medal in Silver Grade & Marching Medal of "Sagamarsjen" in Norway. THE MEDAL BAR IS IN A VERY NICE CONDITION - GENUINE RIBBONS, PERFECTLY WORKING PIN DEVICE, A NICE CIVIL MEDAL GROUP
HISTORY OF THE AWARDS:
The German Flood Service Medal 2002 (German: Einsatzmedaille Fluthilfe 2002) is a decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany. The decoration was awarded to all German military members, foreign armed service members, civilian rescue forces and civilians, who had collaborated with the flood disaster relief efforts in Germany in the summer of 2002. It was approved for wear by the Minister of Defence, but was created by the Ministry of the Interior. The medal is awarded in the same class to all German soldiers regardless of rank. It is the only type of its kind in the German awards system. Some German federal states have created their own flood medals for its citizens, but The German Flood Service Medal 2002 is the first federally created flood decoration in Germany. Design: the medal is round, on its center is displayed the German eagle with a flood wave and a half sunk house, the reverse side is plain with the words "Gratitude and Recognition" (German: Dank und Anerkennung). The ribbon has two black stripes on the edges, with two red stripes beside it, with two gold stripes on the inside of the red stripes and in the center is a blue stripe. The ribbon bar has the medal clasp attached to it.
The Cross for the Four Day Marches (Dutch: Vierdaagsekruis) is a Dutch decoration awarded for successful participation in the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen (Vierdaagse in Dutch) held annually at Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The full title of the decoration is the Cross for Marching Proficiency (Kruis Voor Betoonde Marsvaardigheid). It is more commonly referred to as the Vierdaagse Cross or Vierdaagsekruis. The cross was established in 1909 at the time of the first march, to award successful military participants of the Vierdaagse. Since 1910 it has been awarded to all participants who successfully complete all four days, both military and civilian. The Cross is awarded by the Royal Dutch Walking League (KWBN or Koninklijke Wandel Bond Nederland) who organise the Nijmegen Marches. Prior to 2015 the League was known as the Royal Dutch League for Physical Education (KNBLO or Koninklijke Nederlandsche Bond Voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding) and before 1959, when it received the Royal (Koninklijke) prefix, as the NBVLO. As well as the Vierdaagse at Nijmegen, the cross was also awarded to those who completed the four day marches organised in various locations in the Dutch East Indies between 1935 and 1939. Although it is awarded by a non-governmental organisation, the Cross has received government approval and can be worn on the uniforms of the Armed forces of the Netherlands and other Dutch uniformed services, including the police, fire brigade and customs services. It is therefore an official decoration within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This government recognition has extended over the years. Authority to wear in uniform was first granted in October 1909 to infantry soldiers below officer rank. Other soldiers could accept the decoration, but not wear it. As the March established itself, this authority widened with, for example, sailors of the Royal Netherlands Navy were granted permission to wear in 1919 and army and naval officers from 1928. A number of other nations currently permit the Vierdaagse cross to be worn in military uniform. These include: Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden (since 1977), and the USA. According to (United States) Army Regulation 600-8-22, Appendix E on page 194 under 'Netherlands', the Cross is listed as "Holland Four Day Event Cross" as being authorized for wear in uniform. Countries that do not allow the medal to be worn include Canada, Ireland, Israel and the United Kingdom. Design: the decoration is a five-armed cross, with each arm bearing an initial of the awarding organisation. It has a width of 36 mm at its widest point and is suspended from a green-and-yellow (often orange-yellow) ribbon. Until 1958 the initials on the five arms read: ‘NBVLO’, with ‘KNBLO’ since 1959 to reflect the Koninklijke (Royal) prefix. There have been other minor changes in design over the years. For example, in 1977 the previous silver gilt and silver crosses were replaced by base metal versions, with other design modifications in order to reduce costs. The reverse is plain except for the name of the manufacturer. All medals were made by Koninklijke Begeer of the South Holland town of Voorschoten until 1976, when the contract moved to W. van Veluw of Zeist, near Utrecht. Every year a walker successfully completes the march is marked either by a special cross, or a number to be attached to the ribbon of the last cross awarded. A cross is awarded in bronze for the first march, silver for the fifth and gold for the tenth, with a crown added above the cross for the year after each cross is awarded. Appropriate numbers are pinned on the ribbon for intervening years. In recent years further distinct crosses, with crown, have been added for a walker’s fortieth, fiftieth, sixtieth and seventieth successful march. To date the highest ribbon number awarded is 71 to Bert van der Lans, aged 86, in 2018. Annie Berkhout completed her 66th march in 2002 and is the female record holder. Only one cross, the last one awarded, is worn. For ribbon numbers, only the number most recently received should be worn. Between 1909 and 2019, about 646,900 walkers successfully completed the march 1,694,823 times. Therefore, approximately 646,900 first year crosses have been awarded, with nearly 1,048,000 further awards, including second year crowns, silver and gold crosses and ribbon numbers. Of the awards for the highest number of marches, approximately 770 walkers have been awarded the cross for forty years, about 172 for fifty years and eleven for sixty years. The cross for seventy years has been awarded only twice, to Bert van der Lans in 2017 and to Dick Koopman in 2019.
Danish Hærvejsmarchen Medal - The Army Road march is an annual international march event held in Viborg since the summer of 1969 . Since its inception, it has been a two-day event held last weekend in June . It is Northern Europe's largest IML Walking Association march. In June 2018 , over 10,000 participants from 23 nations participated in the 50th edition of the Army Road March. The starting point of the march is the parade ground at Viborg Barracks . HKH Prince Joachim is patron of the march. He even participated in the march in 1989 , when he walked twice 45 km as a soldier in the Prince's Life Regiment. During the four-day Nijmegen march in the Netherlands , many Danes had participated since 1909 , including Major Arne Sørensen from the Prince's Life Regiment who initiated the Hærvejsmarchen. He set up a bureau of military and civilian people, among others Mayor Johannes Ringgaard-Christensen , the local police chief, and chairman of the Danish Sports Federation Kurt Møller was part of the 12-man bureau. At the first march there were routes of 30, 40 and 45 km. For men born in 1920or later they were required to go with ten kilos of packing if they would participate in the twice 45km march. A total of 1,850 participants were enrolled, of whom 1,381 completed. The medal is awarded in Bronze, Silver & Gold grade depending on the completed routes.
IML Marching Medal of "Sagamarsjen" in Norway - This medal is given to participiants who complete the IML's "Sagamarsjen" (Saga Marching) in Norway. The IML Walking Association is a non-political, non-profit organisation whose purpose is: to promote walking as a worthwhile and healthy recreation; and to foster international understanding and goodwill by encouraging participation at walking events in other countries through a program of incentive awards. This is accomplished by promoting international multi-day non-competitive walking events in each of the member countries. For administrative purposes the IML Walking Association is broken down into two Regions: the European Region and the Pan Pacific Region."Nos Iungat Ambulare" is the official motto of the IML Walking Association which, when translated into English, means "May walking bring us together". Come join us at an IML Walking Association event, and experience the atmosphere of goodwill and friendship amongst the international and local participants. The genesis of non-competitive walking events is the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. It is clearly, at that moment, the oldest and largest event of this nature in the world, with a history dating back to 1909. Due to the success of that event and because more and more foreign walkers were participating in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, the Dutch organization KNBLO helped to get similar events established in other European countries, starting at the end of the 1960's and the beginning of the 1970's. In that period the International Two days Marches of Flanders (Belgium) started, the Haervesjmarchen in Denmark, La Marche de l'Armée in Diekirch (GD Luxembourg), International Four days marches Castlebar (Ireland) and Two days Marches of Bern (Switzerland). In 1977, the Japan Walking Association established the Japan Three Day March. This was the first multi-day walking event to be held in Japan. This also represented a major breakthrough as it meant that organized non-competitive walking events were no longer exclusive to Europe. In 1986 several Multi-Day Walking Event Organisations with a common interest (all more days walking events, which approved of the idea to organize a multi days walking event) met each other in Paapendal / Holland, in order to discuss the possibility of founding some form of International Walking League. The countries represented were Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, GD Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland. There was agreement at that meeting to form such a league. Founders Meeting IMLSince then, membership in the IML Walking Association has grown steadily to 25 with Sweden (Borås) the latest country to be admitted in 2011.