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    Railway Workers’ Day Celebrated in Poland: Honoring a Legacy of Dedication

    Today, Poland commemorates Railway Workers’ Day, a celebration deeply rooted in history and tradition, paying homage to the dedicated individuals who have contributed significantly to the nation’s industrial and historical tapestry. Held annually on November 25, this day not only honours the tireless efforts of railway workers but also commemorates St. Catherine of Alexandria, the revered patron saint of railroad workers.

    The railway system in Poland boasts nearly two centuries of tradition, serving as an integral part of the country’s industrial and historical heritage. Dating back to the 19th century, the celebration of Railway Workers’ Day stands as a testament to the invaluable contributions made by these individuals.

    In addition to celebrating the legacy of railway service, this day serves as an opportunity to recognize and reward the conscientious performance of professional duties within the industry. Railway workers demonstrating exceptional commitment often receive esteemed promotions or decorations, including the Cross of Merit or the distinguished badge of honour, “Zasłużony dla Kolejnictwa” (Meritorious to the Railways).

    The historical significance of this day is marked by a pivotal resolution passed on July 21, 1981, by the NSZZ “Solidarity” of the Lublin PKP Junction. This resolution formally established November 25 as Railway Workers’ Day, aligning it with the feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria, a symbolic representation of the unwavering dedication of Polish railroad workers.

    The inaugural celebration on November 25 saw a poignant event in Lublin, coinciding with the unveiling and consecration by Bishop Boleslaw Pylak of the Cross-Monument to the Railway Workers’ Sorrow. Nestled within the premises of the Lublin Locomotive Depot, this monument stands as a solemn tribute to the sacrifices and resilience of railway workers.

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