Benefits extended to members of the Order by the French

In 2017, the Société nationale d'entraide de la Médaille Militaire (in French only) (SNEMM) of France, in order to show its gratitude to Canada’s military contribution in France during the two world wars and to establish a link between two of our nation’s respective highest military honours, generously offered to extend all the benefits open to its members to the members of the Order of Military Merit.

Médaille Militaire

The Médaille Militaire was created by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, Prince-President and future Napoléon III in 1852 and is France’s second highest honour. The SNEMM is an association of its recipients.

Société Nationale d'Entraide de la Médaille Militaire (SNEMM)

The arrangement between the SNEMM and the Order was formalized through the signature of a Convention signed by Lieutenant-General Charles A. Lamarre, then Commander of Military Personnel Command, and Mr. Jean-Pierre Martin, then President-General of the SNEMM, at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) on 10 May 2018.

The Convention includes some clauses related to cooperation between the two countries such as:

There are also specific clauses related to advantages for individual members of the Order of Military Merit such as:

All the above individual advantages may be coordinated with the SNEMM HQ in Paris. Members of the ORMM may contact the SNEMM directly at:

36 rue de la Bienfaisance
75008 Paris
Phone: 01 45 22 82 95
Fax: 01 45 22 00 39

Their offices are open for 9 am to noon and from 1pm to 5pm from Monday to Friday.

As a token for the Canadian Armed Forces’ gratitude for this generous offer, one of the partners of the Canadian Forces Appreciation Program, Choice Hotels®, has offered to extend the same special rate to the members of the SNEMM as it offers to serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces. They can now get a discount of up to 20% when they make a reservation on-line or by phone (using the appropriate promotional code along with the SNEMM membership card) for one of their 325 hotels in Canada or 6,300 around the world.

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