Former Gov. Richardson to get highest Peruvian award

Posted at: 12/05/2012 2:43 PM
By: staff

Photo: Bill Richardson
Photo: Bill Richardson

Former New Mexico Govnernor Bill Richardson is set to receive the highest civilian honor given by the Peruvian government.

Richardson will receive the award Thursday at a private home in Santa Fe.

U.S. Ambassador to Peru Harold Forsyth will travel to New Mexico to honor Richardson with the award, called the “Order of Merit for Distinguished Services.”

The Order of Merit for Distinguished Services is in rank of Grand Cross. This order was established on July 18, 1950 to honor Peruvians and foreign nationals as recognition for their distinguished contributions to the prestige of Peru and to honor the valuable services rendered to the country in the fields of politics, arts, sciences, industry and commerce.

While in Santa Fe, the Ambassador will also meet with Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, Mayor David Coss and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce President Simon Brackley.