Order instituted on 24 March 1924 in remembrance of the founding of Latvia.
Order awarded for merits in the social, cultural, scientific, sports and business fields.
Order have fave grades.
The cross of the order is white enamel cross within gilded edges. In the center of the front side of the cross there is blue enamel medallion with three golden five-point stars on it. The reverse side has gilded medallion with inscriptions "Per aspera ad astra" and "Latvijas Republika — 1918.g.18. novembris" (English: Republic of Latvia - 18 November 1918).