General Pulaski Memorial Day proclamation, 2021

On General Pulaski Memorial Day, we honor Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish-born hero of the American Revolution who sacrificed his life 242 years ago to defend our cause of building a free and independent nation. Known as the “Father of the American Cavalry” for his leadership and military skills, General Pulaski’s service and sacrifice remain a shining example of the innumerable contributions immigrants have made to building our great nation.

Today, General Pulaski’s legacy and contribution to our democracy are honored by more than 9 million Polish Americans in communities across our country. Polish-Americans have played an essential role in our nation’s growth – defending our country in uniform, protecting our communities as first responders, starting new businesses and growing our economy, training the next generation of American leaders to work on the front lines Pandemic and creating art that inspires us, to name a few.

In 1929, Congress recognized General Pulaski’s continued influence on American society by declaring October 11th as General Pulaski Memorial Day. Eighty years later, Congress granted him honorary citizenship. Today, states, cities, and towns across our nation celebrate the memory of General Casimir Pulaski in parks, schools, and landmarks that bear his name as a reminder of his heroism and sacrifice in defense of our newly established nation.

On this day we celebrate the life of General Casimir Pulaski and the ideals and democratic values ​​for which he courageously gave his life – values ​​shared by the United States and Poland and which underpin the lasting friendship between our countries.

THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers conferred on me by the constitution and laws of the United States, hereby declare October 11, 2021, “General Pulaski Memorial Day.” I encourage all Americans, to commemorate this occasion with appropriate programs and activities that honor General Casimir Pulaski and honor all those who defend the freedom of our great nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I laid my hand on that eighth day of October, the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one and the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-sixth.


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