Polish American Salute General Kosciuszko
Kosciuszko Day 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Group photo in front of the Kosciuszko House in historic Philadelphia PA during the Kosciuszko Day celebration on February 4, 2017.

On February 4th, Historic Philadelphia was filled with Polish American pride as people gathered at the Tribute Ceremony at the Kosciuszko House, 3rd & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, to mark American Revolutionary War Hero, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko’s 271st Anniversary of his birth and the 200th Anniversary of his death. Because of the extreme cold weather the ceremony was held indoors. 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 and their banner by the Polish Army Veteran Association Post #12, Bensalem, PA, Frankford High School U.S. Army JROTC Battalion and the Polish Scouts “Harcerstwo” Port Richmond. Singing of the American and Polish national anthems took place followed by Rev. Jan Palkowski, pastor of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, presented the invocation. A Philadelphia City Council Citation and greetings were extended by Councilmen Al Taubenberger, David Oh, Bill Greenlee, and Mark Squilla. John Groch, Faculty, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and a Polish American Social Services Board Member, gave a beautiful presentation about Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his residence at the Kosciuszko House. Michael Blichasz acknowledged the National Park Service, presidents and directors of the various organizations and especially Bill Piszek and his sister Helen Piszek Nelson, whose late father Edward Piszek was a proud Polish American Philanthropist and Kosciuszko House Advocate.

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. During the lunch, guests were entetained with a musical presentation by the Jelski Family Children, greetings were given by Paul Sosnowski, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union General Counsel and VP Compliance, and the youth from St. Adalbert Polish Language School and Polish Scouting Group from Port Richmond presented a brief movie on the life of Thaddeus Kosciuszko. The movie was prepared by the seventh and eighth grades, and high school students. Compliments to their teachers, Joanna Krzton and Monika Koptyra and Pawel Przybycien for making the movie possible. Following the movie St. Adalbert Polish Language School children and the Polish Scouts sang Polish songs to celebrate Kosciuszko Day. Compliments to St. Adalbert Polish Language School President Danuta Eichler and their Music Teacher Maria Koleda.

Special thanks to the major program supporters: Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, 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, AmericanWorkers Radio, Michael & Donna Blichasz, Marion Blichasz Rott & Andrew Rott & daughter Gabriella, Caroline A. Ciesielka, John & Cynthia Krakowiak & Family, and Paul T. Sosnowski, Esq. Special thanks also to Theresa Romanowski and the volunteers: Caroline Ciesielka, Stephen and Dorothy Skorczynski, along with their son Anthony, Henry Cieplinski, Stephen Haraszkiewicz, Josie Moskal and Adam Smolij, who worked together to make this event outstanding.

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