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General Casimir Pulaski Day

General Casimir Pulaski Day
Cleveland City Hall
October 20, 2012

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 who was honored by members of the Polish-American community in Cleveland at Cleveland City Hall.

Color Guard at Pulaski Day

Pulaski Day ceremonies in Cleveland began with a Color Guard in Cleveland City Hall, then the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pledge of Allegiance at Pulaski Day

Pledge of Allegiance - Pulaski Day


MC Francis Rutkowski introduced Barbara Sychla who sang the Polish and US national anthems.

National Anthems by Barbara Sychla




Rev. Eric Orzech gave the invocation

Rev. Eric Orzech

Rev. Eric Orzech



Mike Polichuk, President of the Polonia Foundation, spoke next.

Mike Polichuk

Mike Polichuk



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Congressman Dennis Kucinich was instrumental in getting honorary US citizenship granted to General Casimir Pulaski from Poland. At the 2012 Pulaski Day celebration at Cleveland City Hall, he gave two copies of the official House of Representatives record to local Polonia leaders.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich



Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Pulaski proclamation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Pulaski proclamation


Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Pulaski proclamation


Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Pulaski proclamation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich with Pulaski proclamation


Francis Rutkowski introduced Dr. Marek Dollar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland.

Francis Rutkowski

Francis Rutkowski




Dr. Marek Dollar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland

Dr. Marek Dollar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland


Dr. Marek Dollar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland




Dr. Marek Dollar, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, and his wife were inducted as Grand Knight and Grand Lady of Pulaski in a ceremony led by Rev. Erich Orzech and Judge Diane Karpinski.

Judge Diane Karpinski

Judge Diane Karpinski


Rev. Erich Orzech

Rev. Erich Orzech


Judge Diane Karpinski





Pulaski Knight ceremony

Pulaski Knight ceremony



Pulaski Knight ceremony


Closing Prayer on Pulaski Day in Cleveland

Closing Prayer on Pulaski Day in Cleveland


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