Casimir Pulaski Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday of March, which is March 4 this year. It marks the birthday of Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War cavalry officer recognized for his role in the U.S. military during the American Revolution. The Polish soldier sacrificed his life fighting for a country he had lived in just for a few years. How dedicated and loyal he was! No wonder the Illinois community pays a grand tribute to him every year.
History of Casimir Pulaski Day
Though Casimir Pulaski Day is not a national holiday, it is observed in Illinois with great fervor every year. In fact, the day is specifically included in the curriculum of schools so the youngsters get to know more about this hero and the role he played in the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century. The holiday first became official in 1986 with the efforts of Mayor Harold Washington.
He introduced a resolution that marked the first Monday of March as a day that celebrates the birth of the soldier Casimir Pulaski. And in 2009, President Barack Obama also signed a joint resolution to declare Pulaski an honorary American citizen. This happened nearly 230 years after his death.
The question is, What did Casimir Pulaski do to deserve such honor? Even though Pulaski was born in Poland in 1747, his destiny was always to be a crucial part of American history. Pulaski’s father was a military commander, so he followed in his father’s footsteps and achieved excellence in the field. As a military commander, Casimir fought with the Polish Army against the Russians, until he was accused of plotting to assassinate the king and thus exiled from his country. He sought refuge in nations across the globe before he met Benjamin Franklin, who led him into the American army. From thereon, Pulaski fought for Americans until his death in 1779 from wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah.
Casimir Pulaski Day timeline
Casimir attempts to kidnap King Stanislaw II
Casimir arrives in the United States.
Engagement with British troops at the Battle of Brandywine takes place.
Casimir helps stop the British siege of Charleston, South Carolina.
Casimir Pulaski Day FAQs
Is Casimir Pulaski Day a Public Holiday?
It’s not a public holiday. Schools and government offices open but may organize events to mark the day.
What did Casimir Pulaski do that was so important?
He fought for his country against the Russians, and then later sacrificed his life for the U.S army.
Is Casimir Pulaski Day a true story?
Yes, it’s a true story. Kashmiri Pulaski lived from March 1746 to October 1779.
How to Observe Casimir Pulaski Day
Post a tribute
Are you a fan of Pulaski? Post a tribute to the war hero on your social media to create awareness regarding his achievements in the U.S. army.
Research on Pulaski
Want to know more about Pulaski? Research him to find out more about his achievements as a soldier, and why he was so loyal to the U.S army.
Visit a memorial
There are numerous historic museums in the United States that honor war heroes and their sacrifices. Visit one with the children around you for an educational experience.
5 Interesting Facts About Casimir Pulaski
He is known as ‘the Father of the American Cavalry.’
Pulaski in Paris
This is where he met Benjamin Franklin.
End of the Pulaski holiday
Pulaski Day ended as a holiday for schools in Chicago in 2012.
Sufjan Stevens’ song
He included a song titled ‘Casimir Pulaski Day’ in his 2005 album, “Illinois.”
Celebrations in New York
Casimir Pulaski Day is celebrated with a Polish pride parade.
Why Casimir Pulaski Day is Important
It promotes American war heroes
Soldiers at times of war risk their lives for their country. Hence, it is important to speak of their sacrifices for years to come.
It’s a ray of hope for immigrants
Although Pulaski was not born in America, his dedication to the country is exemplary. And the honors Pulaski continues to receive, even though he was an immigrant, is a motivation for other immigrants residing in the U.S without citizenship.
It provides a peek into history
It's good to brush up on your knowledge and history of accomplished people, and the tragic events that took place around the globe. This is also crucial in our quest to make this world a better place.
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