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Let’s recognize Polish Americans

October 30, 2011
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

October has been designated as Polish-American Heritage Month. This heritage month has been observed for more than 30 years in the United States. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Marie Skoldowska Curie receiving the Nobel Prize.

Curie is the only woman to receive two Nobel prizes for her scientific research and developments.

Let us remember other Poles and Polish Americans who also took risks in their lives.

The first wave of Polish immigrants arrived in Jamestown, Va. Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski helped America win our independence.

Polish immigrants volunteered to be trained in Gen. Haller's Polish Blue Army. The Blue Army joined Polish Armed Forces under the direction of Jozef Pilsudski and helped win Poland's independence in 1918.

To Poles, Nov. 11 is not only Veterans Day, but also Poland's Independence Day.

Maybe you can remember when a local native Bill Mazeroski took a risk at bat?

Let's honor all these heroes during Polish American Heritage Month. So let us take some time and remember our heritage by eating some kielbasa, cabbage rolls or pierogis while listening to some polkas on WWVA-AM.

Take some time and visit your local library and check out the many books about Poland and Polish Americans.

The best benefit of Polish American Heritage Month is pausing from our daily routine to pay attention to our Polish heritage. So take a risk and grab some knowledge about Polish Americans.

I am Polish and proud.

Yvonne Tuchalski

President, Council 50

Polish National Alliance


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