To the editor:
October has been designated as Polish American Heritage Month.
This heritage month, which began in Philadelphia and became a national celebration of Polish history, has been observed for 31 years.
Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived in Jamestown, Va., Polish people have played an important part in American's history and culture.
During 2012, Poles will mark the 404th anniversary of the first Polish settlers, who were among the first skilled workers in America.
Polish Americans will mark the 233rd anniversary of the death of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, the father of the American calvary.
Also, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, Pa., by the Polish National Alliance.
At the dedication ceremony of Alliance College, President William Howard Taft delivered these opening words: "This expression on the part of the Poles of the United States, of a desire to perpetuate in this land of their adoption the highest institution of learning for the purpose of furnishing for their educated youth an opportunity of the study of the language, the literature and the history of Poland, presents an interesting phase of the settlement of this country by immigrants from European countries."
October is the month to salute the Polish Americans for their achievements.
Be proud of your Polish Americans.
President, PNA Council 50
and Director of Alliance
College Alumni Association