The Roosevelt Medal
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
The Roosevelt Medal was an award created by President Roosevelt for American canal workers who completed at least two years of service. During his visit in 1906, Roosevelt felt so much admiration for the workers’ efforts that he decided to give them an award as if they were war soldiers. For every two additional years of service, workers received a commemorative bar. Some workers reached four bars and the medal, which symbolized that they worked at the construction for 10 years.