Pulaski Day includes closings on Monday

Date: 
03/01/2015
Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski

Chicago Public Schools are going to be open!

Pulaski Day on Mon., Mar. 2, will have Chicago Public Libraries closed. But mail will be delivered and most banks will be open. Remember to pay those parking meters. 

It is a day for officials from all levels of Illinois to be at the Polish Museum of America on Monday morning to honor the American Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski. 

Born in Warsaw, Casimir Pulaski (Mar. 6, 1745 - Oct. 11, 1779) was a Polish nobleman. At the age of 15, he, his father and other Polish noblemen opposed Russian and Prussian involvement in Polish affairs. Driven out by the Russians, Pulaski went to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin.

That meeting led to Pulaski, in 1777, meeting with General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, in Philadelphia. Pulaski aided Washington in the Battle of Brandywine and was acknowledged as a brilliant military tactician.

In recognition of his assistance, Congress appointed him Brigadier-General of Four Horse Brigades. Pulaski's continued successes led to his being named the head of the newly established Cavalry, established in 1778. Thus he became known as the "Father of the American Cavalry." 

By Presidential Proclamation, the United States observes Pulaski on Oct. 11, the day he died of wounds he received during the Siege of Savannah on Oct. 9, 1779. The battle was part of the American 

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