Remembering Pulaski

As everyone knows today is Casimir Pulaski Day. Let’s get the party started! Wait… what? You didn’t know it was Pulaski day? You don’t even know who he is, you say? Well let’s make sure everyone is caught up to speed on the significance of this great man and why he is celebrated to this day.

Born in Polland on March 4, 1747 Kazimierz Pulaski would live his life to end up being a hero. He is known for his contributions to the U.S. military during the American Revolution by training soldiers and cavalry of the American colonists. From his involvement and genius strategies he was given the title “father of the American cavalry.”  

The holiday came to fruition to celebrate his efforts which aided America. Illinois enacted a law on June 20, 1977 for the celebration of Pulaski’s birthday. Celebrated heavily, but not exclusivly, in Illinois – (particularly in area’s of heavy Polish population, such as Chicago) public schools, government offices and libraries all close down to let the everyone celebrate. People are festive and cheerful as the annual Pulaski parade goes on display.

The holiday is always celebrated on the first Monday in March. This celebration is different than the federal holiday, General Pulaski Memorial Day, which honors Pulaski’s death which took place at the Siege of Savannah.

In my opinion this, often overlooked, day is something that should be taken note of. We could all learn from the leaders of yesterday and continue to develop ourselves, as well as our country learning from their successes and mistakes. Once again, happy Pulaski day! I’ll leave you with a short clip taken from a Pulaski parade.


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