Pulaski Birthday Commemoration in Savannah, GeorgiaThis year's Pulaski Birthday Commemoration was held in Monterey Square, location of a tall marble column that memorializes the hero of two nations. Ceremonies began with the customary greeting to friends and visitors delivered by Edward Krolikowski, chairman of the Savannah General Pulaski Committee of the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC). Sounds of fife and drum were heard in a street adjacent to the square, soon there appeared a color guard composed of the Knights of Columbus in full regalia carrying flags of the United States, Poland and the State of Georgia. Along with them, providing the marching music were members of the Costal Heritage Society, dressed in Revolutionary War uniforms complete with muskets. They were followed by wreath carriers from the committee. The national anthems of Poland and the United States were sung to the accompaniment of a trumpeter. This was followed by topical remarks from Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and State Representative Ron Stephens.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
by Peter J. Obst
An invocation by Fr. Adam Kasela preceded a ceremonial laying of wreaths from the Poles in America Foundation and the American Council for Polish Culture whose board members had scheduled their annual Spring Meeting in Savannah to be present at the ceremony. Also present was the eminent Polish-American historian, founder of the Poles in America Foundation, Edward Pinkowski. He was accompanied by his son Jack and Monica Pinkowski. Edward Pinkowski provided the inspiration for this Pulaski Birthday observance, and the Poles in America foundation was a major sponsor of the ceremony. After the wreaths were placed the musket team fired a memorial salute. Closing remarks were delivered by committee treasurer Andrew Boguszewski. Afterwards the out-of-town visitors had an opportunity to meet Mayor Jackson and State Representative Stephens.
A post-event lunch was held at the Johnny Harris banquet facility which gave the ACPC board members the opportunity to become acquainted with the local group of members who worked so hard to make the event a success. During the lunch, Frank Sulkowski, Sports Director at WJCL TV in Savannah, delivered an interesting address that spotlighted individuals of Polish background in American sports. Mr. Pinkowski spoke about his research into the life of Casimir Pulaski.
It should be remembered that Pulaski was born on March 6, 1745 as indicated by records at the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw where the baptism took place. These were discovered by Slawomir Gorzynski in 1992 and later incorporated into an updated entry for Pulaski in the Polski Slownik Biograficzny, an official source for biographical sketches of famous Poles.
The Poles in America Foundation (www.poles.org) and the American Council for Polish Culture (www.polishcultureacpc.org) invite interested parties to view additional information presented on their respective websites.
Photographs by Jackie Kolowski
Ceremony at Pulaski Monument in Monterey Square (Saturday, March 1, 2014)
7. Mayor Edna Jackson speaks as a color guard composed of the Knights of Columbus stands by
8. Mayor Edna Jackson speaks as a color guard composed of the Knights of Columbus stands by
9. A small crowd assembled on Monterey Square
10. People attending the ceremony in Monterey Square
11. Andrzej Boguszewski, at podium, delivers closing remarks to the assembled friends and guests
12. Wreaths placed by the Poles in America Foundation and the American Council for Polish Culture
13. Wreaths and sign at the foot of the monument
14. Fr. Adam Kasela delivers a prayer as the wreaths are placed
15. Crowd gathered on Monterey Square witnesses the ceremony marking Pulaski's 269th Birthday.
16. The color guard and military escort marches out.
17. (l. to. r) Camille Krolikowski, ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson
18. (l. to. r) ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, "Krakowianka" Janina, Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, Barbara Lemecha
19. (standing, l. to r.) Raymond Glembocki, Robert Dutka, Peter Obst, Savannah Pulaski Committee Chairman Edward Krolikowski and Camille Krolikowski, Robert Synakowski (sitting, l. to r.) historian Edward Pinkowski, Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, Henrietta Nowakowski
20. - (l. to r.) State Representative Ron Stevens, Jack and Monica Pinkowski
21. The color guard composed of the Knights of Columbus enters the Square
22. Edward Pinkowski with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson
23. at the Pulaski monument in Monterey Square; Edward Pinkowski (sitting) with his son Jack Pinkowski, president of the Poles in America Foundation
24. Edward Pinkowski with ________
35. Edward Krolikowski, at podium, greets the assembled friends and guests
36. Mayor Edna Jackson, at podium, addresses the assembled friends and guests
Post Event Luncheon at Johnny Harris Dining Room
25. (l. to r.) Camille and Edward Krolikowski, Mrs. and Mr. Joseph Warenzak
26. (l. to r.) Daniel Kamykowski (st Podium), WJCL-TV Sports Director Frank Sulkowski, ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, Monica and Jack Pinkowski, Edward Pinkowski
27. Fr. Adam Kasela offers a prayer at the podium
28. __________, ___________, with Barbara Lemecha
29. Daniel Kamykowski, ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, WJCL-TV Sports Director Frank Sulkowski, Monica and Jack Pinkowski, Edward Pinkowski
30. Daniel Kamykowski, WJCL-TV Sports Director Frank Sulkowski, ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, Monica and Jack Pinkowski, Edward Pinkowski
31. Edward Krolikowski, at podium, greets the assembled friends and guests at the banquet
32. Daniel Kamykowski, WJCL-TV Sports Director Frank Sulkowski, ACPC vice-president Mary Ellen Tyszka, Monica and Jack Pinkowski