CLARK, NJ - On Sunday, October 6, 2019, a number of Clark residents participated in celebrating Polish-American Heritage Day, by marching in the Annual Pulaski Day Parade. The group walked with the Clark Polish Cultural Foundation in a parade held on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The parade marks one of the oldest ethnic parades in New York City.
The Pulaski Day Parade has been held annually since 1937 on the first Sunday in October. The parade is dedicated to Casimir Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolutionary War.
Appointed a Brigadier General, Pulaski, joined the American Revolution after being exiled from his native Poland for attempted revolution.
According to Mr. Reyes, a history teacher at Arthur L. Johnson, Pulaski is known as the "Father of the American Cavalry.” “It is believed his actions during the Battle of Brandywine,” said Reyes, “may have saved the life of George Washington."
Pulaski focused much of his service on training the cavalry, and developing them into a formidable force. Pulaski lost his life in October 1779, at the Battle of Savannah.
Since 1929, Pulaski Day has been observed annually in the U.S. by presidential proclamation.
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