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General Casimir Pulaski Day

General Casimir Pulaski Day
Cleveland City Hall
October 8, 2011

General Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski was born March 4, 1747 in Warka, Poland and died October 15, 1779 in Savannah, Georgia.

In 1985, The Ohio Legislature officially declared October 11th to be General Pulaski Memorial Day in honor of his contributions to Poland and the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on October 8, 2009 to award citizenship posthumously to Casimir Pulaski.

Casimir Pulaski painting and wreath

Members of the Polish-American community in Cleveland gathered at the Cleveland City Hall to honor Pulaski.

Pulaski Day ceremonies in Cleveland began with a Color Guard in Cleveland City Hall, then the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the Polish and US national anthems by Walter Borkowski.

Color Guard at Pulaski Day

Wally Borkowski sings national anthem at Pulaski Day

national anthem at Pulaski Day

National anthem at Pulaski Day

Rev. Eric Orzech, National President of the Polish American Priests Association, gave the invocation.

Rev. Eric Orzech, National President of the Polish American Priests Association

Rev. Eric Orzech


Master of Ceremonies Francis Rutkowski introduced Michael Polichuk, President of the Polonia Foundation.

Francis Rutkowski

Francis Rutkowski

Francis Rutkowski

Michael Polichuk, President of the Polonia Foundation

Michael Polichuk

Michael Polichuk


Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman and Anthony Brancatelli spoke.

Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman

Councilman Joe Cimperman

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli

Judge Diane Karpinski and John Borkowski

Judge Diane Karpinski and John Borkowski




Congressman Dennis Kucinich was a major force behind the honorary US citizenship for General Casimir Pulaski.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Kucinich gave a Congressional proclamation to Michael Polichuk.

Congressman Kucinich gave a Congressional proclamation to Michael Polichuk

Dennis Kucinich and Michael Polichuk



Francis Rutkowski introduced Joseph A. Drobot, Jr., the 27th President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. Mr. Drobot spoke about General Pulaski's contributions to the American Revolution. He then urged that Poland be included among the 36 nations (28 in Europe) that have US visa waivers.

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr.

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr.

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr.




At the conclusion of the ceremony inside City hall, Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. and Michael Polichuk carried the wreath outside to begin the march to the Pulaski cannon.

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. and Michael Polichuk

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. and Michael Polichuk

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. and Michael Polichuk


March to the Pulaski Cannon, 21 gun salute and Taps, Sto lat and more


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