On Sunday, October 9, Polish American community in Wyandotte celebrated the Pułaski Day with a special Mass and a ceremony at the Pułaski monument. The event was organized by the Polish American Veterans Association (PAVA) Post 95.
The festivities began with a 12:00 Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish celebrated by its Pastor, Fr. Walter Ptak.
Following the Mass, participants marched from the church to a nearby Pułaski Park where a statue of gen. Kazimierz (Casimir) Pułaski is located.
There, dr Gena Jurek (from PAVA Post 95 Ladies Auxiliary) hosted a ceremony which included speeches by Helena Żmurkiewicz, Anna Bańkowska (both members of the Board of Polish Americcan Congress Michigan Division) and Lawrence Stec (Wyandotte Councilman). Żmurkiewicz presented a short biography of gen. Pułaski, while Bańkowska, fittingly, urged everyone present to learn about Polish history. “And why is it important to know our Polish and Polish American history? It’s because when we know our history, we come to know ourselves better. We have confidence, because history teaches us values, which help us to stand up and interact with others,” said Bańkowska. “So let us emulate the good deeds of those who went before us, be inspired by the heroic life and example of Casimir Pułaski, and thus may we strive to continue to be contributors to this great nation where we live,” she continued.
Laying of wreaths by the Pułaski monument by members of the board of the PAVA District 6, PAVA Post 95 and Ladies Auxiliary, and singing of “God Bless America” concluded the ceremony.
Guests were later invited to a reception at the PAVA Post 95 headquarters.
[[Kazimierz Pułaski]] (1746-1779) was a Polish soldier and politician, known as “the father of the American cavalry”. A member of the Polish nobility, he was a military commander for the Bar Confederation and fought against Russian domination of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. When this uprising failed, he immigrated to North America, where he became a General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Savannah.