[111th Congress Public Law 94]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 111-94
111th Congress

                            Joint Resolution

  Proclaiming Casimir Pulaski to be an honorary citizen of the United 
     States posthumously. <<NOTE: Nov. 6, 2009 -  [H.J. Res. 26]>> 

Whereas Casimir Pulaski was a Polish military officer who fought on the 
    side of the American colonists against the British in the American 
    Revolutionary War;

Whereas Benjamin Franklin recommended that General George Washington 
    accept Casimir Pulaski as a volunteer in the American Cavalry and 
    said that Pulaski was ``renowned throughout Europe for the courage 
    and bravery he displayed in defense of his country's freedom'';

Whereas, after arriving in America, Casimir Pulaski wrote to General 
    Washington, ``I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve 
    it, and to live or die for it.'';

Whereas the first military engagement of Casimir Pulaski with the 
    British was on September 11, 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine, and 
    his courageous charge in this engagement averted a disastrous defeat 
    of the American Cavalry and saved the life of George Washington;

Whereas, on September 15, 1777, George Washington elevated Casimir 
    Pulaski to the rank of Brigadier General of the American Cavalry;

Whereas Casimir Pulaski formed the Pulaski Cavalry Legion, and in 
    February 1779, this legion ejected the British occupiers from 
    Charleston, South Carolina;

Whereas, in October 1779, Casimir Pulaski mounted an assault against 
    British forces in Savannah, Georgia;

Whereas, on the morning of October 9, 1779, Casimir Pulaski was mortally 
    wounded and was taken aboard the American ship USS Wasp, where he 
    died at sea on October 11, 1779;

Whereas, before the end of 1779, the Continental Congress resolved that 
    a monument should be erected in honor of Casimir Pulaski;

Whereas, in 1825, General Lafayette laid the cornerstone for the Casimir 
    Pulaski monument in Savannah, Georgia; and

Whereas, in 1929, Congress passed a resolution recognizing October 11 of 
    each year as Pulaski Day in the United States: Now, therefore, be it

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    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United 
States of America in Congress assembled, That Casimir Pulaski is 
proclaimed to be an honorary citizen of the United States posthumously.

    Approved November 6, 2009.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.J. Res. 26 (S.J. Res. 12):

            Oct. 7, 8, considered and passed House.
            Oct. 22, considered and passed Senate.