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AUB’s Leila Badr awarded the Cedar Order


President Michel Aoun granted yesterday the director of AUB Museum, Dr. Leila Badr, the Commander of the National Order of the Cedar in recognition of her cultural, scientific and heritage achievements. Badr was honored for her role in illuminating Lebanon’s image, and notably for her 40-year management of the third oldest archaeological museum in the Near East. She was also acknowledged for her groundbreaking contributions in the excavation operations in the capital which uncovered the first evidence that Beirut is a Phoenician city. Aoun on the occasion, commended Dr. Badr’s national accomplishments which chronicled the history of ancient Lebanon that shaped the Mediterranean region as the source of civilization. What Dr. Badr did, Aoun said, did not only serve Lebanon and the neighboring region, but also the global civilization as a whole, for it formed the basis of the early human civilization from which stemmed all the other civilizations. The honoree, in her turn, thanked President Aoun, saying: “I am very attached to my country, Lebanon, and much admire its ancient heritage which I worked for its discovery, preservation and recognition.” (An Nahar, June 13, 2018)

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