Congressman Higgins Announces Approval Of Legislation
Granting Gen. Pulaski Citizenship
Congressman Higgins Announces Approval Of Legislation Granting Gen.
Polish & American Military Hero Earns Congressional Recognition
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined his colleagues in the House
of Representatives in approving H.J. Res.26,
proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen of the United
“General Pulaski was a brave and selfless patriot to not one, but
two great nations and this is a long-overdue
and fitting recognition
for his sacrifice,” said Congressman Higgins.
General Pulaski, known as a fighter for freedom in his native Poland
and throughout Europe, came to America to fight
colonists in the Revolutionary War. He wrote to George Washington,
‘I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to
live or die for it.’ Pulaski’s efforts at the Battle of Brandywine
saved the life of Washington,
and he thereafter appointed Pulaski as
Brigadier General of the American Cavalry. Pulaski went on to fight
at both the Siege of Charleston and the Battle of
Savannah, where his life ended after suffering a fatal wound.
was considered by many to be the “Father of the American
Western New York is among a handful of communities which have
recognized Gen. Pulaski’s contributions with a statue.
New York General Pulaski Association celebrates Pulaski’s legacy
with an annual wreath laying ceremony in
the City of Buffalo and
parade in the Town of Cheektowaga.
Congressman Higgins is a cosponsor of the Pulaski Citizenship
a member of the Congressional Poland Caucus.
Over 106,000 residents in Congressman Higgins’ district and more
than 9 million
Americans nationwide are of Polish ancestry.
Congressman Higgins offered the following remarks for the record on
the citizenship authorization:
Madame Speaker, I rise today to support the passage of H.J. Res. 26,
a resolution proclaiming
Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen
of the United States posthumously.
As a cosponsor of this resolution and a member of the Congressional
Poland Caucus, I am honored to
recognize this valiant soldier with
citizenship of a country for which he literally gave his life.
Pulaski, a revered military officer in his native Poland, came to
the United States and fought alongside American
colonists in the
Revolutionary War. Known as the “Father of the American Cavalry,”
Pulaski fought with distinction
in several crucial battles,
including the Battle of Brandywine, where he saved the life of
George Washington, and
the Battle of Savannah, where he was mortally
In a letter to Washington, Pulaski wrote: “I came here, where
freedom is being defended,
to serve it, and to live or die for it.''
Pulaski is a well-respected figure in the United States, having been
honored with numerous statues and
monuments. One such statue stands
in my district in Western New York, where over 106,000 residents are
Polish ancestry. Each year in my district, the Western New York
General Pulaski Association celebrates Pulaski’s
legacy with an
annual wreath laying ceremony in the City of Buffalo and parade in
the Town of Cheektowaga.
Madame Speaker, I thank Representative Kucinich for introducing this
resolution and the nearly 40 cosponsors
for their support of this
Congressional Legislation was brought to our attention
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