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Casimir Pulaski Day

1st Monday in March (Chicago)

This local holiday is officially observed in Chicago, Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War cavalry officer praised for his contributions to the U.S. military and commonly known as "the father of the American cavalry."

A federal observance, General Pulaski Memorial Day, commemorates Pulaski's death from wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779.

Born in Poland as Kazimierz Pułaski, he became interested in politics at an early age and was involved in the military and the revolutionary affairs in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. As a leading military commander for the Bar Confederation, he fought against Russian domination of the Commonwealth. When the uprising failed, he was driven into exile and, following a recommendation by Benjamin Franklin, emigrated to North America to help in the American Revolutionary War. He distinguished himself in the revolution, most notably when he saved the life of George Washington.

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives making Pulaski an honorary American citizen, 230 years after his death. He is one of eight people to be granted honorary United States citizenship.

Illinois enacted a law in 1977 creating
Casimir Pulaski Day to celebrate the birthday of Casimir Pulaski. Cook County government offices, the Chicago Public Library, and statewide public and private schools are closed on this holiday. Banks in Illinois may close for the holiday. Official commemorations take place at the Polish Museum of America where city and state officials congregate to pay tribute to Chicago's Polish Community.

Wisconsin public schools also observe Casimir Pulaski Day, although they do not close for it. Buffalo, New York acknowledges a Pulaski Day in the middle of July and celebrates with a parade. Grand Rapids, Michigan hosts a "Pulaski Days" celebration on the first full weekend of October in recognition of General Pulaski and Polish culture.

General Casimir Pulaski Stamp, 1931

General Casimir Pulaski Stamp, 1931

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Refurbishing of Equestrian Statue,Polish Count Casimir Pulaski,Washington,DC
Refurbishing of Equestrian Statue,Polish Count Casimir Pulaski,Washington,DC

Casimir Pulaski from the Great Generals series for Allen & Ginter cigarettes
Casimir Pulaski from the Great Generals series for Allen & Ginter cigarettes

Casimir Pulaski: Soldier On Horseback
Casimir Pulaski
Soldier On Horseback

Soldier of Liberty
Soldier Of Liberty
 Casimir Pulaski

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