Next Meeting Thursday, July 17, 2008 7:30 pm The Seniors Building Clifton City Hall Municipal Complex 900 Clifton Avenue Clifton NJ 07013
Celebration of Polish American Day New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey
Orange County NY Pulaski Parade Committee
Ksciuszko Celebration West Point NY
Banquet Honoring Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union
Miss Polonia/Marshals Form (pdf)
Pre-Parade Program Form (pdf)
Radio Station Participation (pdf)
Parade Announcement Form (pdf)
Casimir Pulaski, the oldest son of Count Joseph Pulaski, was born in March, 1748. At the age of fifteen, he joined his father and other members of the Polish nobility in opposing the Russian and Prussian interference of Polish political affairs.
Outlawed by Russia for his actions on behalf of Polish liberty, he traveled to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin. Franklin convinced him to support the colonies against England in the American Revolution.
Pulaski impressed with the ideals of a new nation struggling to be free, volunteered his services. Franklin wrote to George Washington describing the young Pole as an officer, renowned throughout Europe for the courage and bravery he displayed in defense of his country¹s freedom.
In 1777, Pulaski arrived in Philadelphia where he met General Washington, Commander-in -Chief of the Continental Army. Later at Brandywine, he came to the aid of Washington's forces and distinguished himself as a brilliant military tactician. For his efforts, Congress appointed him Brigadier-General in charge of Four Horse Brigades. Then again, at the battles of Germantown and Valley Forge, Pulaski's knowledge of warfare assisted Washington and his men.
Later in 1778, through Washington's intervention, Congress approved the establishment of the Cavalry and put Pulaski at its head. The Father of the American Cavalry demanded much of his men and trained them in tested cavalry tactics. He used his own personal finances, when money from Congress was scarce, in order to assure his forces of the finest equipment and personal safety.
Pulaski and his legion were then ordered to defend Little Egg Harbor in New Jersey and Minisink on the Delaware and then south to Charleston, South Carolina. However, it was at the battle of Savannah in 1779 that General Pulaski, riding forth into battle on his horse, fell to the ground mortally wounded by the blast of cannon. It is said, the General's enemies were so impressed with his courage, that they spared his life and permitted him to be carried from the battlefield. However, two days later, on October 11 Pulaski died.
Today all over the United States there are memorials for Casimir Pulaski. Many parks, streets, statues, and schools bear his name in memory of his courage and commitment to freedom.
On Sunday, October 5th, 2008 the 71st Annual Pulaski Day Parade will march on Fifth Ave in New York City. Polish Americans will come together to honor General Casimir Pulaski, more
South Brooklyn NY Contingent Marshal Ms. Bozena Adamczyk, Miss Polonia Miss Marta Kurpiewski, Junior Miss Princess, Miss Patrycja Posluszna, more
Orange County Marshal Mr. Robert Matuszewski Jr. and Orange County Miss Polonia Miss Jessica Lynn Matuszewski, more
South Bergen West Hudson NJ Contingent marshal Mr. John Sulkowski, Miss Polonia Miss Stephanie Rozalski,Mr. Joseph Wnorowski President, more
Westchester County NY 2008 Contingent Marshall Mrs. Lucyna Okrutniak And Ms. Polonia, Ms. Anna Sutkowska, more
2008 Wallington Contingent Marshal Mr. Bogdan Chmielewski (CEO of P&SFCU) Miss Polonia: Miss Victoria Baginski, Jr. Miss Polonia: Miss Victoria Dabek more