polish2Last Monday, I was honored to attend the celebration in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day at the Polish Museum of America hosted by Rich Owsiany, President of the Polish Museum of America, and Małgorzata Kot, the Museum’s Executive Director. As a state and city holiday , many Polish-Americans use the day to honor the birthday of Pulaski, a Polish-born soldier who made a significant contribution to usher in democracy and independence in this country. He is considered the “father of the American cavalry” and trained American troops before eventually being killed in battle during the Revolutionary War. 

While at this event, we also were thrilled to unveil signage designating Milwaukee Avenue from Sangamon Street in Chicago to Greenwood Road in Niles as the Milwaukee Avenue Polish Heritage Corridor. This designation honors the contributions Polish Americans have made to Illinois for generations. Last year, I spearheaded House Bill 5581 along with now Congresswoman Delia Ramirez to support community interests in designating an artery, Milwaukee Ave., that connects many Polish businesses, cultural institutions, and residents. This law not only recognizes the impact of cultural contributions of the Polish community  to our state but also encourages tourists to visit these areas, support existing businesses, or even attract new stores to the area. Joining the celebration honoring Casimir Pulaski and unveiling the signage for this designation was an amazing full-circle celebratory moment reminding myself and other officials how important visibility and inclusion is for thriving communities across the state.

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