Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Casimir Pulaski Day!

As some of you may already know today is Casimir Pulaski Day, which honors a man who is considered a war hero in both the United States and in Poland.

We decided to share some background/info/stats/interesting information about Mr. Casimir Pulaski and his Special Day:

*Casimir Pulaski Day was declared in 1997 by the Illinois General Assembly

*The holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in March

*The holiday seeks to honor the heritage of Polish-Americans

*Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw

*Casimir was believed to have been the person who saved General George Washington’s life in 1777.

*Casimir is known for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution by training its soldiers and cavalry.

*Pulaski died from wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779.

*Chicago Public Schools, Cook County government offices, the Chicago Public Library, Springfield Public Schools, and state-wide public and private schools close on this holiday.

Hope all the chilies enjoyed their day off! Happy Pulaski Day y'all!

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