CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois’ top political leaders flocked to the Northwest Side to join in the commemoration of Casimir Pulaski. They praised his heroism in the past, and called for political action in the present.

Polish pride was well in evidence at the Polish National Museum on North Milwaukee and elected officials from alderman and county officials on up to Governor Quinn paid tribute to Casimir Pulaski, the cavalry officer who came to this county to fight and die in the Revolutionary War.

“Pulaski served us very, very well in the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of Charleston and the Battle of Savannah, where he lost his life,” said Quinn.

Frank Spula, President of the Polish National Alliance, says Congress can pay tribute to Pulaski by removing the visa requirement for visitors to the U.S. from Poland.

“I am more than certain that General Pulaski would be disappointed as we’ve heard before that Poland and its people to this very age still need a visa to come to the United States,” said Spula.

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