October 3, 2010
Whereas, This great nation, founded on the precepts of freedom, democracy, and tolerance, has become home to millions of descendants from foreign nations, and, from this vast diversity, America has become a land rich in diverse traditions, cultures, an heritages; and
Whereas, more than 400 years ago the first Polish immigrants courageously journeyed to the unknown reaches of the new world, bringing with them their beloved customs, traditions, and the vibrant culture of their homeland; and
Whereas, more than two million Pennsylvanians are of Polish descent, and they continue to honor their ancestry through their commitment to the principles of community, excellence, justice, freedom, and humanity; and
Whereas, Americans of all backgrounds are grateful for the service of General Casimir Pulaski, renowned for his innovative tactics, and the lasting freedom he helped to secure in our nation; and
Whereas, Casimir Pulaski, having proved his valor defending his homeland of Poland in the face or Russion opposition, began his distinguished American military career in 1777 under General George Washington, and he proved his leadership at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in Pennsylvania; and
Whereas, General Casimir Pulaski referred to as the “Father of the American Cavalry,” and his troops played a vital role in assisting American colonists secure their independence from Great Britain; and
Whereas, this marks the 231st anniversary of General Pulaski’s death, the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Fryderyk Chopin, and the 15oth anniversary of the birth of musician and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski..Citizens of all nationalities and backgrounds are proud to celebrate the distinguished history of these honorable men and remember the sacrifices and the remarkable journey of our Polish American neighbors and friends.
Therefore, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim October 2010 as POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH and October 3, 2010, PULASKI DAY in Pennsylvania. I encourage all citizens to learn, discuss and, most importantly, appreciate the intrinsic capacity of our cultural differences.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this twenty-eighth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
Edward G. Rendell
Polish Heritage Month Proclamation
Office of the Governor
State Of Michigan
Whereas, The first Polish immigrants who came to North America were among the first settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, in the 17th century and today, the descendents of these immigrants continue to enrich the state with their commitment to family, education and patriotism; and,
Whereas, Michigan is proud to be the home of nearly a million Polish Americans whose ancestors contributed greatly to the industrial might of Detroit and other cities throughout Michigan in industries such as automotive, agricultural machinery, steel, coal and meat packing; and,
Whereas, Polish people and their American descendants have distinguished themselves by contributing to the development of the arts, sciences, government, military service, athletics and education in the United States; and,
Whereas, Poles shaped the meaning of a neighborhood by establishing churches, halls, cultural centers, schools, business districts, social service centers, colleges and hospitals throughout cities in Michigan; and,
Whereas, The state of Michigan is proud of its cultural diversity and welcomes the opportunity to honor our residents who are Polish American for their commitment to leadership and dedication to knowledge, and for their rich and fascinating heritage;
Now, Therefore, be it Resolved, That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2010 Polish Heritage Month in Michigan. I encourage residents of this state to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of Polish Americans that enhance the quality of life in Michigan.
Polish Heritage Month Proclamations
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