Quote Originally Posted by Mossee
For the soldiers that have died in the recent conflicts (post 2001 I think) a new medal, the Elizabeth Cross, has been created by the British government. Could the ministry have done something similar, created a new award perhaps less prestigious than the Order of Merlin so that everybody who fought or everybody who died received some token of thanks?
That is a possibility. During WWII, I know that the USA created the "World War II Victory Medal" and the Soviets the "Medal For the Victory Over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" medal, and each handed them out to every active participant in the war. The Ministry of Magic could conceivably create a new medal, but whether it is called the "Victory over Voldemort" or the "Victory over You-Know-Who" medal would probably be a matter of intense debate.

Tim the Enchanter