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Brigadier General Count Kazimierz Pulaski: A Hero of Two Nations

Washington, D.C. - Hero Both To Poland And America Presented.

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, here on October 25, 2007, was the proud presenter of the new Polish (with English subtitles) film fully documenting the heroic life and revolutionary times of Count Kazimierz Pulaski. Cultural Counselor Mariuz Brymora was coordinator and host for the prestigious event, assisted by Zanetta Miluk.

The film was shot on actual historic locations in Poland, Ukraine and America, over a 5 years period. It accurately documents the life and times of Count Pulaski and his noble family, with emphasis on the patriotic activities and revolutionary circumstances that forced Pulaski to flee his beloved homeland of Poland, which was then under the domination of Imperialist Russia. Pulaski ultimately carried his fight for freedom to America. During the Revolutionary War against England, Count Pulaski eventually went on to become a Brigadier General in the U.S. Continental Army, and as such he is recognized as the Father of the American Cavalry.

Gathered Together

Gathered Together Under Pulaski's Gaze. Shown above, at the Embassy of Poland, are the main participants connected with the American premier of the new Polish documentary film on General Kazimierz Pulaski titled "A Hero of Two Nations." Standing under a classic portrait of Gen. Pulaski in the Blue Salon are, from the left, Cultural Counselor Mariusz Brymora, The Sons of the American Revolution - displaying Pulaski's Banner, film director Jolanta Chojecka and actor Jacek Chojecki.

The audience was very fortunate to have present the film's producer - Jolanta Chojecka, and her son - actor Jacek Chojecki, who portrayed Count Pulaski on the screen. They both spoke and answered many interesting questions at the conclusion of the viewing. A most valuable aspect of the documentary was the inclusion of Edward Pinkowski and Francis C. Kajencki - two eminent Polish-American historians and Pulaski chroniclers - who contributed their insightful comments and enlightening vignettes not normally presented about Pulaski's life and his feats.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R.) - represented by Lester A. Foster Jr., Edwin Dotter, Barrett L. McKown, Paul M. Hays, and Stewart Boone-McCarty made a very impressive appearance in their accurate and detailed Revolutionary War uniforms. But just as impressive was a true replica of Pulaski's Banner that they carry; and it was later generously presented as a gift to the Polish Embassy for permanent display under Pulaski's portrait. The S.A.R. also awarded its bronze Good Citizenship Medal to producer Chojecka.

Pulaski's Banner (oriflamme), measuring a diminutive 23 inches x 20.75 inches, is constructed of double crimson silk, with embroidered gold letters, symbols and designs, bordered by a golden fringe. One face reads (in Latin) Unitas Virtus Forcior: "Union Makes Valor Stronger" - and the other face Non Alius Regit: "No Other Governs." And historically this is the very first time that the two large entwined letters 'US' was used on any national flag or banner to represent the name United States.

The Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, impressed with the freedom-fighting Pole and his selfless cause, made and presented the Banner to Pulaski in 1778, while he was visiting hospitalized Gen. Lafayette there. Henceforth the Banner was borne afield attached to a cavalry lance and was always carried aloft in the vanguard of the Pulaski Legion. Later, in 1825, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow glorified Pulaski's Banner with a poem entitled "Hymn of the Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem" - 'At the Consecration of Pulaski's Banner.'

General Pulaski gave this standing, irrevocable order to his Legion: "You are to follow this Banner wherever it goes." And well they did even fearlessly charging through the 'gates-of-hell' maelstrom of shot and shell during the Battle of Savannah, Georgia on October 9, 1779 where Pulaski, age 31, was mortally wounded by the British guns. Fate rewarded his bravery and freedoms-fight with a hero's death - thus enshrining him forever in that coveted place of honor that both Poland and America reserve for their felled patriotic sons.

Count Kazimierz Pulaski, immediately upon arriving on our far and war-torn shore in the summer of 1777, stated with firm resolve and true conviction that: "I came here to hazard all for the freedom of America."

And only 2 years and 3 months later, the dashing Polish nobleman did just that.

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