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Southern Cross of Honor

This Maltese cross contains an inscribed wreath of laurel surrounding the words, "Deo Vindice 1861-1965" and the inscription "Southern Cross of Honor" on the face. "Deo Vindice" means "God our vindicator." On the reverse side is a Confederate battle flag surrounded by a laurel wreath and the words "United Daughters of the Confederacy to the UCV." /Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor medal, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC. Money could not buy the Cross; they were bought by loyal, honorable service to the South and given in recognition of this devotion.