Cross of Merit (Poland)

Cross of Merit
Krzyż Zasługi

Current version of Gold Cross of Merit
Awarded by the President of Poland
Country  Poland
Type Medal awarded in three grades: Golden, Silver, and Bronze
Awarded for Exemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty
Status Currently awarded
Clasps denotes subsequent award
Established June 23, 1923
First awarded November 11, 1923
Next (higher) Cross of Merit with Swords
Next (lower) Military Cross of Merit with Swords,
Air Force Cross of Merit with Swords,
Navy Cross of Merit with Swords

The Cross of Merit (Polish: Krzyż Zasługi) is a Polish civil state award established on June 23, 1923, to recognize services to the state.

The Order has three grades:

1. Gold Cross of Merit
2. Silver Cross of Merit
3. Bronze Cross of Merit

At the time of its establishment in 1923, the Cross of Merit was the highest civilian award in Poland. It was awarded to citizens who went beyond the call of duty in their work for the country and society as a whole. May be awarded twice in each grade to the same person.


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