The Orden del Quetzal is the highest non military award given by the Republic of Guatemala. It was created in 1936 by General Jorge Ubico to be given to people for outstanding services internationally, civic services or notorious merits in the literary, scientific, artistic or humanitarian field. Later it was allowed to also be given to institution to be carried on their flag.
In a trip we did to Bentonville about 4 years ago, we stopped by the Walmart visitor center , which is full of history and memorabilia of the Walton Family and their American Dream story. My eye is keen to see any Guatemalan connection and sure enough we found on display the Orden del Quetzal awarded to Helen Walton in 1992 by President Serrano Elias for her interest in education through the Walton International Scholarship Program.