People of a certain age in Illinois have all heard of a man named Casimir Pulaski.

A vast majority of those people have no idea who he is or why they know his name. His name is simply synonymous with getting a day off of school.

In a way, Casimir Pulaski was sort of the Kim Kardashian of our time. Tons of people knew the name but no one knew where they came from or why they should care about them.

In the case of the latter, the answer is Brandy's little brother, for Pulaski, it's because he saved the life of George Washington. You might have heard of him.

Pulaski became interested in politics and the military at a young age. He became a military commander of an uprising against the Polish government. When the uprising failed, the native Pole was exiled. It was Benjamin Franklin who suggested to Pulaski that he should cross the Atlantic and help George Washington and his men in North America during the Revolutionary War. Pulaski did and that is when he saved the future president's life.

Wikipedia - He distinguished himself throughout the revolution, most notably when he saved the life of George Washington. Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army, and he and his friend, Michael Kovats, created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reformed the American cavalry as a whole. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a cavalry charge against British forces, he was fatally wounded by grapeshot and died shortly after.

To further the Pulaski:Kim K analogy. The reformation of the American Cavalry would be his Keeping Up With The Kardashians, a program that would revolutionize reality television as we know it.

This is where the analogy will end since the next chapter is Pulaski dying of gangrene in the field of battle. Ye is crazy and really unhinged but I don't think he will kill Kim by infecting her with gangrene.

Pulaski is one of 8 people ever to be awarded honorary United States citizenship.

In 1983 the state of Illinois passed a bill making the first Monday in March Casimir Pulaski day and it was to be recognized as a day off for all government buildings, which included a day off from school when I was in elementary school.

Since then government buildings have been given the option to take the day off or not, but it still remains a state holiday.

Many schools and businesses around Illinois or surrounding states, especially those with high Polish populations or significance to Pulaski, still take the day off every year.

Hopefully a few of you will have made it through this article and learned something. Looking back on it we probably should have been taught this instead of just getting the day off but it was a different time.

Thank you Mr. Pulaski, without you, the country would probably look a little bit different.

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