Polish community honors General Pulaski
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo's Polish community came out Friday afternoon to pay tribute to one of its heroes.
Dozens of people, including several relatives and elected officials, laid a wreath at the statue of General Casimir Pulaski on Main Street.
Pulaski was a Revolutionary War general who died in combat at age 32.
The Buffalo-based General Pulaski Association holds a wreath-laying ceremony in his honor every year before April's Pulaski Day Parade. Association officials said it's important to honor a man who gave his life for independence.
"We have 350,000 Americans of Polish descent in Western New York, so it's very important to pay tribute to a man who risked his life and gave his life for our freedom," said Brian Rusk, president, General Pulaski Association.
The GPA held an installation dinner Friday evening to benefit the parade.