Kosciuszko Day Report • 2019
Polish Americans Salute General Kosciuszko

Historic Philadelphia was filled with Polish American pride on Saturday, February 2nd, as people gathered at the Tribute Ceremony at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street, in historic Philadelphia, to mark American Revolutionary War Hero, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko’s 273rd Anniversary of his birth and the 202nd Anniversary of his death. 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 Veteran Association Post #12, Bensalem, PA (Tadeusz Guzik, Commander) and Frankford High School U.S. Army JROTC Battalion (Joe Fraioli, First Sergeant Ret.). Maria Koleda led the singing of the American and Polish national anthems. Rev. Jan Palkowski, pastor of St. Adalbert Church in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, presented the invocation. Greetings were extended by newly elected 175th District Pennsylvania Representative, Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia Councilmen Bill Greenlee, David Oh, Mark Squilla, and Al Taunberger, Superintendent of Philadelphia’s Historic National Park Service Cynthia Mac Leod, Vice President of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, John Krakowiak, and Senior Vice President of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union Paul Sosnowski. Dr. Stephen Skorczynski, Recording Secretary of the Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District, gave a beautiful presentation about Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his accomplishments. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Shane Maziarz) made an appearance and gave his greetings mentioning he was so happy to be back in Philadelphia even though it changed so much. Theresa Romanowski, Vice President of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, acknowledged the National Park Service and the presidents and directors of the various organizations.

The youth from St. Adalbert Polish Language School and Polish Scouting Group concluded the program with a beautiful presentation of Polish songs celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s regained Independence. Compliments to St. Adalbert Polish Language School President Danuta Eichler and their Music Director Maria Koleda. A delicious luncheon, catered by Grazyna Czapla, followed at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum in historic Philadelphia.

Thank you to all the Kosciuszko Program Sponsors and Patrons listed in the program. The Major Sponsors are listed in this newsletter.

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

Group photo at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum in Historic Philadelphia, PA, during the Kosciuszko Day celebration on February 2, 2019.