NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton celebrates the Annual Pulaski Memorial Day on Monday, a day that celebrates Polish heritage and honors the beginning of Americas alliance with Poland.
The nationwide celebrate began in 1929 when Congress passed Public Resolution 16, declaring October 11 General Pulaski Memorial Day. The President of the United States has issued a proclamation for the annual observance every year since.
In Northampton, the PHC celebrates with the Annual Pulaski Day Parade. The celebration begins at the Saint Elizabeth Seton Church with a 10:00 AM mass, and is followed by a parade at 11:00 AM, and ends with a formal ceremony at Pulaski Park.
Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski sacrificed his life as a key figure in the American Revolutionary War. Pulaski joined the Contintental army more than 200 years ago after he was exiled from his native Poland.
President Obama’s celebrates the 15th anniversary of Poland’s membership in NATO in this year’s proclamation.