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

Cross of Merit
Krzyż Zasługi
Złoty Krzyż Zasługi Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej.svg
Current version of Gold Cross of Merit
Awarded by the President of Poland
Country Poland
TypeMedal awarded in three grades: Golden, Silver, and Bronze
Awarded forExemplary public service or humanitarian work that goes above and beyond the call of duty
StatusCurrently awarded
Claspsdenotes subsequent award
EstablishedJune 23, 1923
First awardedNovember 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 Order has three grades:

1. Gold Cross of Merit POL Złoty Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
2. Silver Cross of Merit POL Srebrny Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg
3. Bronze Cross of Merit POL Brązowy Krzyż Zasługi BAR.svg


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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