President Higgins said members of the Defence Forces displayed "dignity, pride and respect" at all times
The contribution that the Defence Forces made to the 1916 commemoration events has been formally recognised at a ceremony in Dublin today.
The President Michael D Higgins, the Tánaiste and other Government ministers presented 1916 Commemorative Medals to serving members of the Defence Forces at Dublin Castle.
Another 11 presentation ceremonies are due to take place in barracks around the country between now and December 19th.
The medals, issued by the Government, recognise the contribution that soldiers have made to the commemoration of the Easter Rising.
President Michael D Higgins said these medals are a "fitting and well-deserved tribute" of the Defence Forces' vital contribution to the centenary year.
In a speech, President Higgins said: "You have played an essential role in our national commemorations whether through the formal State Ceremonies during Easter Week or the countless other events around the country in which you generously, in so many places, took part.
"One initiative which was particularly well received by our youngest generation was the delivery by uniformed personnel of the Defence Forces to all primary schools in the State, of our National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation."
He added: "At all of these ceremonial and symbolic events our Defence Forces have performed with the professionalism by which you have become known and to which I have already referred. You have displayed at all times your customary dignity, pride and respect."