Simonov Inducted into the Order of Saint Stanislas

Press Release for July 7, 2010

Hargrave Military Academy employee Valeriy “Larry” Simonov was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Saint Stanislas – third degree by the International Order of Saint Stanislas.

Sir Steven Turner, Great Prior of Great Britain, presented the award to Simonov in Kiyv, Ukraine on May 20, 2010. The award was presented for “faithful service to historic traditions of Chivalry and its ideals, prominent contribution into the strengthening of friendly international relations and the remarkable activity in the areas of Democracy and defense.” There are five degrees to the award.

“It was actually a surprise for me,” said Simonov. “(It is) given to people that help keep world peace, build international relations and by helping children.”

The International Order of Saint Stanislas is in its 6th year, and features more than 1500 members in countries around the world. It is founded on the work of Saint Stanislas, a Bishop of Krakow, who assumed the ‘martyr’s wreath’ for defending the people of Krakow against despotism. The Order follows the code of chivalry while remaining in the service of mankind.

Simonov was also knighted as a Knight Commander into the order, and has been appointed to the position of Ambassador of the International Order of St. Stanislas for the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. His task is to establish contacts helpful for the order’s charity and to make preparations necessary for the organization of the Order’s Priory within Virginia.

Simonov is the head swimming coach at Hargrave. He is a former Soviet Olympic coach and a current U.S. citizen. He has been with the Academy since June 2007. He resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.