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Who was Casimir Pulaski?

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:07 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:10 p.m. CST

“I don’t know who Casmir Pulaski is, but we normally get off of school for his day.”

Tyler Reuter, Princeton

“Casmir Pulaski helped Christopher Columbus.”

Kaegan Hansen, Princeton

“Casmir Pulaski was an explorer in the late 1400s.”

Jakob Ebner, Princeton

“My brother Joey is Casmir Pulaski.”

Marty Schillaci, Princeton

“I have no clue. I don’t know him.”

Kiyrra Morris, Malden

Who was Casimir Pulaski?

Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – Oct. 11, 1779). Pulaski was a Revolutionary War cavalry officer, who was born in Poland. He is probably best known for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution and known as "the father of the American cavalry."

Illinois enacted a law on Sept. 13, 1977, to celebrate the birthday of Casimir Pulaski and held the first official Pulaski Day celebrations in 1978. Several other states celebrate Pulaski's birth, and many parks, highways, festivals and towns across the country are named for him.

On Nov. 6, 2009, President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives making Pulaski an honorary American citizen, 230 years after his death.

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