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Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday that is observed in various cities throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. Pulaski Days celebrate Polish culture through the remembrance of heroic nobleman, soldier, and military commander Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski (1745 – 1779), also known as Casimir Pulaski.
After failing to lead an uprising against Russian domination in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Casimir Pulaski traveled to North America in 1777 to fight in the American Revolutionary war. While fighting for the Americans as a general in the continental army, Pulaski distinguished himself as a war hero, most notably by saving the life of George Washington. Pulaski has been deemed "the father of the American calvary" for his significant contributions to U.S. military history. In November 2006, President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution of the United States House and Senate officially making Pulaski an honorary U.S. citizen. Casimir Pulaski is one of only eight people to be awarded honorary U.S. citizenship.