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!