Polish Americans Salute General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

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

February 6th, a beautiful perfect weather day, and 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 ( Zbigniew Wrzos, Commander), Frankford High School U.S. Army JROTC Battalion (Joe Fraioli, First Sergeant Ret.) and the Polish Scouts “Harcerstwo” Port Richmond (Kasia Przybycien, Director & Pawel Przybycien). 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 Juvencio Gonzalez, Special Assistant to Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee, Brian Higgins, Constituent Service Representative, for Philadelphia Councilman Alan Domb, Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent of Philadelphia’s Historic National Park which administers the Kosciuszko House, Andrew McDougall, Special Use Coordinator for Independence National Historical Park, and Barbara Milewski, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union in Trenton, NJ. Park Ranger Joseph Jay Hinesley gave a beautiful presentation about Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his residence at the Kosciuszko House.

A delicious luncheon, catered by Grazyna Czapla, 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 2016 PAC Annual Meeting, introduced the PAC officers for 2016, and the swearing in ceremony of the officers was conducted by Councilman Bill Greenlee. The luncheon program concluded with a powerpoint presentation of various Kosciuszko landmarks and 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 the major program supporters: Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, Piasecki Foundation, Richard L. Krzyzanowski, Esq., Krzyzanowski Foundation, Copernicus Society of America, Joseph S. Walunas, Polish American Heritage Association of Manayunk/Roxborough, Leon A. Mankowski, Attorney At Law, AmericanWorkersRadio.com, Michael & Donna Blichasz, Marion Blichasz Rott & Andrew Rott, Lukasz Bogdanowicz & Family, Caroline A. Ciesielka, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Jankowski, John & Cynthia Krakowiak & Family, PRCUA District 3 and Paul T. Sosnowski, Esq., as well as special thanks to Theresa Romanowski and the volunteers: Caroline Ciesielka, Stephen Skorczynski, along with his sons, Christopher and Anthony, Peter Groch, Henry Cieplinski, and Josie Moskal, who worked together to make this event outstanding.

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