Savannah, always a good party town, will celebrate the 269th birthday of one of her earliest heroes on Saturday. Happy Birthday, Brig. Gen. Casimir, or Kazimierz, Pulaski!
The events, complete with color guard, fife and drum, musket team and the laying of a wreath on Pulaski’s tomb, begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pulaski Monument in Monterey Square, Bull and Gordon Streets.
The ceremony here is sponsored by the Savannah General Pulaski Committee of the American Council for Polish Culture. This year, it will be the official ceremony of the national group. The local observance is a continuation of a traditional event started many years ago in Washington, D.C. Because of constraints with Homeland Security in a building housing the Pulaski statue in Washington, the American Council for Polish Culture has elected to move the celebration to open public space — the Pulaski Monument in Monterey Square in Savannah.
The local Pulaski committee was formed last year and is similar to the Count Pulaski Club of Georgia that existed here during the 1950s and 1960s, in part due to the work of the late Savannah architect Lee Meyer. Many of the activities of Polish-Americans living in and around Savannah were informal and private. In 2005, a local group then called the Pulaski Society, was instrumental in the reburial of the Pulaski remains in Monterey Square.
Piechocki sees opportunities to expose Savannah to Polish culture through Polish dinners and dancing, as well as Polish observance of the many religious events throughout the year. Like many other ethnic groups, Piechocki says, “Poles and Polish-Americans are proud of the ancestry and the history and achievements here in the U.S. and on the world stage.”
IF YOU GO
The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at St. James Catholic Church. Find more information at www.savannahgeneralpulaski.org.