2010 Pulaski Observance Schedule
Friday, October 1, 2010, Proclamation Ceremony for Pulaski Day and Polish American Heritage Month, 12 Noon, Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street, historic Philadelphia, PA., everyone is invited. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Info (215) 922-1700.
Saturday, October 2, 2010, Pulaski Dinner Dance, Cocktails 5 P.M. – Dinner 6 P.M., Associated Polish Home Ballroom, 9150 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. For reservations call the Polish American Congress at (215) 739-3408.
Sunday, October 3, 2010, Pulaski Observance Mass, 9:30 A.M., Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul, 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Center City Philadelphia, PA., Pulaski Tribute Program, 10:30 A.M., at the portrait of Pulaski by the Kopernik Monument, Torun Triangle Park, across from the Cathedral – 18th and the Parkway.
Sunday, October 3, 2010, Pulaski Day Parade steps off at 12 Noon from 20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It will march down the Parkway to 16th Street, u-turn on 16th Street and march West on the Parkway, around Logan Circle and end at 22nd Street. (Parade Route Map) Free seating at Logan Circle in the area of live television coverage on WPVI TV-6, from 12:30 to 2 P.M. Set your television recorder and come out and enjoy the parade live on the Parkway in Center City Philadelphia. Kindly invite your family and friends to view the parade!
General Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779)
Casimir Pulaski, son of Count Joseph Pulaski, was born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 6, 1745. At the age of fifteen, he joined his father and other members of the Polish nobility in opposing the Russian and Prussian interference in Polish affairs. Outlawed by Russia for his actions on behalf of Polish liberty, he traveled to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin, who induced 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 country’s 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 Battle of Germantown, Pulaski’s knowledge of warfare assisted General Washington and his men in securing victory for American forces.
Later in 1778, through Washington’s intervention, Congress approved the establishment of the Cavalry and put Pulaski at its head. Pulaski, who became known as the "Father of the American Cavalry," demanded much of his men and trained them in tried and tested cavalry tactics, many of which he used in his fight for freedom in Poland. Pulaski often used his own personal finances, when allocations from Congress were 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; they then proceeded south to Charleston, South Carolina. It was on October 9, 1779, during the Battle of Savannah, that General Pulaski, charging into battle on horseback, fell to the ground mortally wounded by the blast of a cannon. Pulaski’s enemies were so impressed with his courage, that they spared him the musket and permitted him to be carried from the battlefield. Pulaski died several days later on October 15, 1779, at age 34. The Pulaski Monument, erected in his honor, is located in Monterey Square, Savannah, Georgia.
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WPVI TV 6 Will Televise – Philadelphia’s Pulaski Day Parade
The PAC encourages you to inform your family and friends that they can view the 2010 Pulaski Day Parade on Sunday, October 3, 2010, 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on WPVI-TV 6 ABC serving the Philadelphia and Tri-State area. Your broadcast hosts, Shirleen Allicot, TV 6 Reporter, and Michael Blichasz, host of the Polish American Radio Program, will narrate this annual display of Polish history, culture, and pride.
Ed and Jean McCloskey will be the Grand Marshals of Philadelphia’s 2010 Pulaski Day Parade. This year’s parade theme is "Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Fryderyk Chopin, World Renowned Polish Composer." In 2010, Polonia also marks the 77th Anniversary of the Pulaski Day Parade in Philadelphia.
For more information about Philadelphia area activities, contact the Polish American Congress office at (215) 739-3408 or call the Polish American Cultural Center Museum at (215) 922-1700, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M.
Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District
Polish American Cultural Center
308 Walnu Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone # (215) 739-3408