On Sunday, May 5,1957, the Sixteenth Anniversary
of Ethiopia's liberation was celebrated all
over the Empire. To the over 700 officers & men
assembled in front of the Palace His Imperial
Majesty Haile Selassie I made the following
"We are happy, according to our regulation promulgated
in 1951, which provides for rewarding members of
the military and the police who have served Us with
loyalty and merit, to decorate you with this medal as
token of services rendered.
Those of your number who through the call of
duty or other circumstances, could not be present here,
We have ordered that they receive their medals in the
same spirit as if they were in Our presence. Your steadfastness
in duty pleases Us; and since your tasks are
important you should continue to devote yourselves to
them so that you may remain worthwhile in the future.
Loyalty being as praiseworthy as it is, you should strive
to maintain it as a principle."
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 4 -