General Pulaski Day Celebrated in Baltimore

One Brigadier General Honors Another

BALTIMORE, Md. - General Pulaski Day Celebrated in Baltimore. Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski (pictured), Defense and Air Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, paid eloquent homage to his fellow general and countryman in front of the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park during ceremonies held here on October 16, 2005. U.S. Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, "Father of the American Cavalry," is depicted on the dynamic monument in the background leading a Revolutionary War cavalry charge against the British lines at Savanna, Georgia, just before he was fatally wounded. The annual event was organized by the Polish Legion of American Veterans - General Casimir Pulaski Post 209, and the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland.

Brig. Gen. Sikorski in front of Pulaski Monument

In his English/Polish speech to the assembled Polonia, guests and various dignitaries, Gen. Sikorski warmly thanked Polonia and the citizens of New York City, Savannah, Ga., and now Baltimore, for organizing their recent and present impressive salutes to Gen. Pulaski - all of which he personally attended and participated in with immense pride to honor this ‘great American hero and patriot in Poland.' We were reminded, all too well, ‘of the absolute necessity to bring the youth into the fold of Polonia. They must be invited and encouraged to participate meaningfully in the organizational ranks so as to always take - and lead - Polonia into the future.'

Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD

Gen. Sikorski emphasized the great importance of the historic familiar friendship and unity between the Polish and American peoples, and that both our nations must continue to remain very close and united in the future. ‘The esprit de corps displayed by Gen. Pulaski is still with us today and it should be remembered and fully utilized as an inspirational force to overcome the very difficult, dangerous and invisible terrorist challenges and threats in today's world.'
All of the General's apt speech was visibly accentuated by the large flags of both the United States and Poland soaring overhead, audibly snapping and fully standing out together in the brisk wind and bright sunshine -- two beautiful symbols of both countries independence and unity.

Baltimore, Md., October 26, 2005
text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail
This article was published originally in Polish American Journal, Buffalo, NY.

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