Commemoration of Casimir Pulaski

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General Casimir Pulaski
1931 Commemorative Issue, 2c

Casimir Pulaski ( March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779) is one of the most honored persons in American history, in terms of places and events named in his honor.

Hundreds of monuments, memorial plaques, streets, parks and similar objects are named after him.[1]

Cities and other locales[edit]

Several cities and counties in U.S. states are named after Pulaski, including the cities of Pulaski, Tennessee and Iowa; counties in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Virginia; as well as villages in Illinois (Mt. Pulaski) and Wisconsin and New York; and many Townships.

Parks[edit]

Pulaski equestrian statue at Pulaski Park in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • "Pulaski Park" sits on Main Street between City Hall and the historic Academy of Music Theater, in the town of Northampton, Massachusetts. Northampton and the surrounding area is home to many Polish-American immigrants and their descendants.
  • "Pulaski Park" in Manchester, New Hampshire, located at the corner of Union and Bridge streets, is home to an equestrian statue of Pulaski.
  • "Casimir Pulaski Memorial Park" is located in Chepachet, Rhode Island, within the 4,000 acres (16 km2) George Washington Management Area. The 100 acres (400,000 m2) park features the 13 acres (53,000 m2) Peck Pond, hiking, and cross-country skiing, and general recreation facilities.
  • In Hammond, Indiana, there is a park named in his honor on the north part of Hammond which is 2 blocks square between Sheffield Avenue and Grover Avenue and between 137th St. and 139th St.
  • "Pulaski Park" sits along 20th Street, between Cleveland and Oklahoma Avenues, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Roadways and bridges[edit]

Pulaski Memorial in Patterson Park, Baltimore, Maryland

Holidays[edit]

Monuments[edit]

Pulaski monument in Savannah, Georgia

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Military[edit]

  • One of the first tributes to Pulaski was paid when George Washington on November 17, 1779, issued a challenge-and-password set for identifying friend and foe when crossing military lines: "Query: Pulaski, response: Poland.[6]
  • A US Navy submarine, USS Casimir Pulaski, has been named for him, as was a 19th-century Revenue Marine (Coast Guard) cutter.[7]

Schools[edit]

Pulaski Academy in Little Rock Arkansas is one of the top college preparatory schools in the United States, educating children from Pre-K 3 through 12th grade.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Statue at the Kazimierz Pułaski Museum in Warka, Poland.
  • Although there are several disputed birth and baptismal records, Pulaski's birth is honored in Warka, Poland, by the Kazimierz Pułaski Museum, which opened in 1967.[8] The museum occupies the manor house which Pulaski's family lived in during the 1760s, and includes rooms dedicated to his activities in Poland and the USA. It also includes rooms dedicated to Polish-American emigration and contributions of Polish émigrés to American culture and history.
  • After a previous attempt failed,[9] the United States Congress passed a joint resolution conferring honorary U.S. citizenship on Pulaski in 2009, sending it to the President for approval.[10] President Obama signed the bill on November 6, 2009, making Pulaski the seventh person so honored.[11]
  • Detroit folk singer Sufjan Stevens released a track called "Casimir Pulaski Day" on his 2005 album "Illinois"
  • Chicago punk band Big Black released a track called "Kasimir S. Pulaski Day" on their 1987 album Songs About Fucking; elsewhere in music, Maryland hard rock band Clutch recorded a track titled "Pulaski Skyway" on their 2005 album Robot Hive/Exodus.
  • America paid a special millennial tribute to Pulaski in the year 2000 involving a large party in Chicago's Grant Park. The party included live DJ Food and a varied dance setlist—including artists such as Two Hours Traffic alongside Snoop Dogg and Moby—followed by a multimedia presentation on Pulaski's life and accomplishments set to orchestral music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and specially composed for the occasion by Yanni.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wacław Szczygielski (1986). "Pułaski Kazimierz". Polski Słownik Biograficzny, Tom XXIX. Zakład Narodowy Imenia Ossolińskich I Wydawnictwo Polskieh Akademii Nauk. p. 393. ISBN 83-04-00148-9. 
  2. ^ Resolution of 111th [Congress http://thomas.loc.gov]: 1st Session; S. J. RES. 12 Proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen of the United States
  3. ^ "Grand Rapids, Michigan". Pulaski Days. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Casimir Pulaski Square in Cleveland Ohio". Clevelandpeople.com. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  5. ^ Art Inventories Catalog. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
  6. ^ Alex Storozynski (3 August 2010). The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution. Macmillan. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-312-62594-8. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pulaski, 1825; U.S. Coast Guard". U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Muzeum imienia Kazimierza Pułaskiego w Warce". Muzeumpulaski.pl. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  9. ^ S.J.Res. 5
  10. ^ H.J.Res. 26
  11. ^ Mann, William C. (2009-11-10). "Revolutionary War hero becomes honorary US citizen". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 

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