"Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, a Polish-born patriot gave his life to advance the cause of American independence," the president said in his proclamation. "As a leader in the Continental Army who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men from Europe and America alike, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski battled to extend the principles that were as dear to him as they are to us -- liberty, equality and justice for all. Today, we reflect on the proud legacy he left behind, and we celebrate the lasting ways Polish Americans have enriched our nation."
The president urged all U.S. citizens to hold programs honoring Pulaski.
"Today, we see the future he helped create: a free and independent United States standing proudly with its strong ally, a free and independent Poland," Obama said.
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