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Tuesday is General Pulaski Memorial Day

The Casimir Pulaski Monument in Washington D.C. (Source: http://bit.ly/2dYFNa5 License: http://bit.ly/2bOsFbd)

Everyone that has Polish ancestry is paying tribute to an icon on Tuesday.

General Casimir Pulaski was a war hero in not just the American Revolution, but also in Poland. From 1767 until 1772, he was at the war front in a revolution against Russian control of Poland. The Bar Confederation was unsuccessful in their revolution, and

From 1767 until 1772, he was at the war front in a revolution against Russian control of Poland. The Bar Confederation was unsuccessful in their revolution, and Pulaski found himself exiled to France.

In 1777, Ben Franklin and Marquis de Lafayette recruited Pulaski to fight for the Americans in the Revolutionary War. He even earned the moniker “Count” Pulaski from Franklin himself.

General Pulaski was noted for many heroic acts during the American Revolution. He played a pivotal role in the Siege of Savannah, where he earned high marks for his leadership of the cavalry. However, he’d lose his life when he was struck by a grapeshot bullet while leading a cavalry charge.

Afterwards, he was deemed a hero to the American people, especially to Polish-Americans. Every year, on the date that he fell on Oct. 11, Americans celebrate General Pulaski Memorial Day. Separately, the city of Chicago celebrates Casimir Pulaski Day the first Monday of every March.

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