He had been an chaplain to the army, the Royal Air Force and the Territorial Army, but it was his work with the Royal British Legion in Garvagh, Co Londonderry for which the Rev Alan Knox has been nominated for in the New Year's Honours List.
The retired Church of Scotland minister will receive a BEM next year.
He told the Belfast Telegraph last night: "I'm deeply honoured and humbled to have been given this award, as I can't help but think that there are many others who are actively working in this area as well."
He is the current chair and chaplain of the British Legion's Garvagh branch and is deputy chaplain to the Northern Ireland Region.
Mr Knox is at the centre of the annual Garvagh Remembrance Sunday event organisation, leads on all fundraising initiatives and supports the welfare activities for all ex-service men and women in the North Antrim area.
The former Instonian, who studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before working in Scotland, has enjoyed a varied career of ministry in churches and the military over the years.