Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
Many members of the Polish American Congress have been
decorated by Presidents of the Third Polish Republic with the Order of
Merit of the Republic of Poland. This information about this honor is from
the website of the President of Poland. For original information on this
and other Orders and decorations, see
http://www.prezydent.pl/x.node?id=330 (in Polish). The following is a
translation of the pertinent information.
The Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland is bestowed
on foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad, who by their
activities have made outstanding contributions to international
cooperation and to bonds between the Republic of Poland and other nations
The Order has five classes:
First Class: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of R.P.
Second Class: Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of R.P.
Third Class: Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of R.P.
Fourth Class: Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of R.P.
Fifth Class: Cavalier's Cross of the Order of Merit of R.P.
Presidential Orders are bestowed by the President of the
Republic on his own initiative or upon the recommendation of:
- The President of the Council of Ministers (i.e. Prime
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the event the
recipient permanently resides abroad or is not a Polish citizen.
A person may receive the Order only once in each class.
First Class of the Order of Merit:
Grand Cross (decoration includes Star)
(at left - lapel miniature)
Classes 2, 3, 4, 5 of the Order of Merit:
3, 4. Commander's Cross with Star
5. Commander's Cross
6. Officer's Cross
7. Cavalier's Cross
(bottom center: lapel miniatures of each class)