Jamaican Order of Merit
The Order of Merit is part of the Jamaican honours system
Jamaican honours system
The Jamaican honours system has developed as a unique entity since the passage of the National Honours and Awards Act by the Parliament of Jamaica in 1969 . The system is modelled largely on the British honours system...

 and is the third highest honour conferred by the nation of Jamaica
Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

. The Order of Merit is conferred upon Jamaicans or on distinguished citizen of another country who has achieved eminent international distinction in the field of science, arts, literature or any other endeavour. The award can be held by no more than 15 living persons. Members and Honorary Members of the Order are entitled to wear the insignia of the order as a decoration and to be styled as The Honourable. In addition, they can append the postnominal letters OM to their names, or OM(Hon) in the case of Honorary Members. The order's motto is "He that does the truth comes into the light."

The Order of Merit was originally one that was awarded to foreign heads of state, however this role was taken over by the Order of Excellence
Order of Excellence
The Order of Excellence is one of the six civil decorations of Jamaica which are awarded annually to "deserving citizens." The Order of Excellence is the most recent honor to be created, having been brought into being in 2003...

 in 2003.


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