President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko awarded 17 participants of the Resolution of Dignity the Third Class Order of Merit and with the Third Class Order of Courage, according to the decree published on the website of the Presidential Administration.
Two participants were awarded the Third Class Order of Merit. Yet 15 participants awarded the Third Class Order of Courage.
Last year, the President awarded volunteers and participants of Revolution of Dignity the Third Class Order Saint Olga, the Third Class Order of Meri,t and the Third Class Order of Courage.
November 13, 2014, President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree according to which Ukrainians mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom in honor to the start of two revolutions on that day: the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Revolution of Dignity.
The 2004 Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election. It was claimed to be marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation, and direct electoral fraud. The protests were prompted by reports from election monitors as well as the widespread public perception that the results of the run-off vote of 21 November 2004 between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were rigged by the authorities in favor of the latter. The nationwide protests succeeded when the results of the original run-off were annulled, and a revote was ordered by Ukraine's Supreme Court for 26 December 2004. The final results showed a clear victory for Yushchenko, who received about 52% of the vote, compared to Yanukovych's 44%. Yushchenko was declared the official winner and with his inauguration on 23 January 2005 in Kiev, the Orange Revolution ended.
Euromaidan demonstrations began on the night of 21 November 2013, when protests erupted in the capital after the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement with the European Union, to seek closer economic relations with Russia. The protests lasted from November 2013 through February 2014 and gradually evolved into clashes with the riot police; the rise of violence in February 2014 led to deaths of unarmed protesters and several policemen. The revolution ended as the-then President Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country.