Today, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) voted to commemorate Revolutionary War Hero General Casimir Pulaski by supporting and co-sponsoring H.J. Res. 26, which grants him honorary posthumous citizenship. This honor has only been bestowed upon 5 other individuals.
“I am proud to honor General Casimir Pulaski who is known as the ‘father of the American cavalry,’” said Rogers. “Kentucky’s Pulaski County is named after this great Revolutionary War Hero who famously came from Poland to America to fight for freedom. The legend of General Pulaski should be remembered by posthumously bestowing upon him honorary citizenship, a tribute fitting for such a defender of freedom and liberty.”
General Pulaski left his native Poland and fought on the side of the colonists against the British in the American Revolution. George Washington bestowed the rank of brigadier general on Pulaski, who organized a legion of cavalry known as the Pulaski legion. Famously, he said, “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.” General Pulaski was mortally wounded in Savannah, Georgia and was taken aboard the American ship USS Wasp, where he died at sea on October 11, 1779.
H.J.Res. 26 passed by a vote of 422-0 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The joint resolution now awaits further action in the Senate before it can be signed into law.