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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          March 8, 2010

Polish American Congress Marks
New York's Forgotten Pulaski Day

Photo by Polish American Congress  
Frank Milewski, president of the Downstate N.Y.
Division of the Polish American Congress (center) displays the New York Senate proclamation commemorating the Stateís Pulaski Day. With him are: Vice Pres. Andrew Kaminski (left) and Chet Szarejko, chairman of the organizationís Political Activities Committee.

Brooklyn, N.Y. .. With all attention centered on their annual October Pulaski Parade, most Polish Americans in New York overlooked their stateís March 4th Pulaski Day, General Pulaskiís birthday.

It went on the books more than twenty years ago and has been neglected ever since.

The Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress resolved to correct the oversight and asked the Senate of New York State to join the Polish American community in observing the holiday.

A Senate proclamation was issued through Sen. Frank Padavan whose district includes the Floral Park, Bellerose, Bayside, Little Neck and Whitestone areas of New York Cityís Queens County.

Polandís Casimir Pulaski joined Gen. George Washington in the War for Americaís Independence in 1777 and became known as the "Father of the American Cavalry."

The first Pulaski Day in New York State became official in 1988 during the time Mario Cuomo, a good friend of Polish Americans, was governor.

During the 1980ís when Polandís first free trade union Solidarity was challenging the Communist system forced on Poland, Polish Americans repeatedly held protest demonstrations to support Lech Walesa and the striking workers he led.

Gov. Cuomo or his representatives always responded to Polish American Congress invitations to participate with the Congress in the New York rallies.

In 1929, the Congress of the United States designated October 11th as the national Pulaski Day to be annually observed by presidential proclamations. It also authorized the Post Office to issue a Pulaski commemorative stamp.

In 1973, the State of Illinois designated the first Monday in March as its "Pulaski Commemorative Day."

Today, Gen. Pulaskiís contributions to the success of America's War of Independence are remembered by the many cities, towns and counties in the U.S. which bear his name.

In the Polish American community, fast growing organizations like the Pulaski Cadets preserve and carry on his distinguished legacy.

Contact: Frank Milewski

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