Kosciuszko Day in Philadelphia - February 1, 2014

Group photo in front of the Kosciuszko House, 3rd and Pine Streets in Historic Philadelphia, PA.

On a beautiful perfect weather day, Saturday, February 1st, historic Philadelphia was filled with Polish American pride as people gathered to recognize the accomplishments of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, American Revolutionary War hero, at the Tribute ceremony at the Kosciuszko House, 3rd and Pine Streets in Philadelphia. Michael Blichasz, President of the Polish American Congress (PAC), Eastern Pennsylvania District, joined with the PAC Officers, in extending a THANK YOU to everyone who attended the ceremony to mark another memorable day in Polish American history and the City of Philadelphia.

The ceremony continued with the presentation of the American and Polish flags by the Polish Army Veterans Post #12 ( Marion Szumal, Commander), Frankford High School U.S. Army JROTC Battalion (Joe Fraioli, First Sergeant Ret.) and the Polish Scouts “Harcerstwo” Port Richmond (Kasia Przybycien, Director). Maria Koleda, along with the St. Adalbert Polish Language School, led the singing of the American and Polish national anthems. Rev. Jan Palkowski, pastor of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond Philadelphia, presented the invocation. Greetings were extended by Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee, Chris Pienkowski, Director of Legislation and Communications for Councilman David Oh and Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent of Philadelphia’s Historic National Park which administers the Kosciuszko House. Park Ranger Joseph Jay Hinesley gave a beautiful presentation about Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his residence at the Kosciuszko House.

A luncheon followed at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 3rd and Walnut Streets in historic Philadelphia. The luncheon program was conducted by Theresa Romanowski, Vice President of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, and Fr. Jan Palkowski offered the invocation. Wesley Musial, Chairman of the 2014 PAC Annual Meeting, introduced the PAC officers for 2014, and the swearing in ceremony of the officers was conducted by Councilman Bill Greenlee. The luncheon program concluded with a choral presentation of Polish songs by the children of St. Adalbert Polish Language School (Danuta Eichler, President) and the Polish Scouts “Harcerstwo” Port Richmond, directed by Maria Koleda, music teacher.

Special thanks to all the financial sponsors and patrons as well as special thanks to Theresa Romanowski and the volunteers: Caroline Ciesielka, Jean McCloskey, Dorothy & Stephen Skorczynski, along with their sons, Christopher and Anthony, Peter Groch, Henry Cieplinski, Josie Moskal, Stephen Smolczynski and Dayna Breccia, who worked together to make this event outstanding.

Thank you, Dziekujemy! “The Polish American Heart Continues To Beat Proudly”!