A RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING CASIMIR PULASKI TO BE AN HONORARY CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES POSTHUMOUSLY PASSED THE U.S. SENATE 

Washington D.C., March 20 - Late in the evening on March 19, 2007, the resolution S.J.RES.5 "A joint resolution proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen of the United States posthumously" was passed in the U.S. Senate by Unanimous Consent without amendment and with a preamble.

The resolution was sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and had nine cosponsors (in alphabetical order), Senators: Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Barack Obama (D-IL) and Mark Pryor (D-AR).

The resolution reads:

S.J. RES. 5

Whereas Casimir Pulaski was a Polish military officer who fought on the side of the American colonists against the British in the American Revolutionary War;

Whereas Benjamin Franklin recommended that General George Washington accept Casimir Pulaski as a volunteer in the American Cavalry and said that Pulaski was "renowned throughout Europe for the courage and bravery he displayed in defense of his country's freedom'';

Whereas after arriving in America, Casimir Pulaski wrote to General Washington, "I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.'';

Whereas the first military engagement of Casimir Pulaski with the British was on September 11, 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine, and his courageous charge in this engagement averted a disastrous defeat of the American Cavalry and saved the life of George Washington;

Whereas on September 15, 1777, George Washington elevated Casimir Pulaski to the rank of Brigadier General of the American Cavalry;

Whereas Casimir Pulaski formed the Pulaski Cavalry Legion, and in February 1779, this legion ejected the British occupiers from Charleston, South Carolina;

Whereas in October 1779, Casimir Pulaski mounted an assault against British forces in Savannah, Georgia;

Whereas on the morning of October 9, 1779, Casimir Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American ship USS Wasp, where he died at sea on October 11, 1779;

Whereas before the end of 1779, the Continental Congress resolved that a monument should be erected in honor of Casimir Pulaski;

Whereas in 1825, General Lafayette laid the cornerstone for the Casimir Pulaski monument in Savannah, Georgia; and

Whereas in 1929, Congress passed a resolution recognizing October 11 of each year as Pulaski Day in the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Casimir Pulaski is proclaimed to be an honorary citizen of the United States posthumously.

On the same date, March 19 2007, at 7:45pm, the Resolution was forwarded to the U.S. House of Representatives where it was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

In the House, a corresponding resolution - H.J.RES.39, in identical wording, was introduced on March 5, 2007 by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and cosponsored by 23 other Representatives.

 
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