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Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Casimir Pulaski Day or Why is Everyone in School?

OK - the following information was copied directly from Wikipedia:

Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Illinois on the first Monday of every March to commemorate Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born March 4, 1747 in Poland as Kazimierz PuĊ‚aski. He is known for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution by training its soldiers and cavalry.

The day is celebrated mainly in areas that have large Polish populations. Chicago has the largest Polish population of any city in the world, save for Warsaw.[1] This is a separate holiday from the federal holiday, General Pulaski Memorial Day, which commemorates Pulaski's death at the Siege of Savannah on October 11, 1779.

Illinois enacted a law on June 20, 1977 to celebrate the birthday of Casimir Pulaski and held the first official Pulaski Day celebrations in 1978. The bill was introduced by Senator Leroy W. Lemke, a Democrat from Chicago. Chicago celebrates Pulaski Day on the first Monday in March with an annual parade. Cook County government (which includes Chicago) and the Chicago Public Library also close on this holiday.

I thought about paraphrasing it into my own words, but I really don't have the energy. I love Camimir Pulaski Day! I loved getting out of school when I was a kid, and I loved having my husband home with us. I know it says we started celebrating in 1978, but I don't remember getting out of school for this until I was in high school. I wonder if it just took that long for the memo to make it to down-state Illinois? In case you were wondering, there is a Fort Pulaski in Savannah which is pretty cool to visit, and is named after our hero. To quote Paul Harvey, "Now you know the rest of the story."


Liz said...

Huh. Always wondered what Fort Pulaski is all about.

Jason and Fawnda said...

I think that it is cool that you got out of school for it! Did you go to the parade?
Happy Casimir Pulaski Day to you! I guess since I am part polish I should start clebrating too!


Janice said...

I was unaware that this was only an Illinois holiday. Huh. But guess what? There was school today. The nerve! What do you wanna bet Blagojevich has something to do with this?