Anthony J. Bajdek Of Polish American Congress Urges Polish American Community, Individuals, Organizations, Media Join The Campaign To Honor Heroes Of Kosciuszko Squadron

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The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes announces a Campaign to Honor the Heroes of the Kosciuszko Squadron; the development of a Hollywood feature film on the American and Polish fighter pilots of the famed Kosciuszko Squadron funded by contributions to the tax exempt Foundation.

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“I urge all Polish Americans and all patriotic Americans to consider becoming ‘Supporting Partners’ and 'Friends' of this great project and mission of the Foundation,”

Dean Anthony J. Bajdek, Chairman of the Foundation’s International Advisory Board, Founder/President of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point, and National Vice-President for American Affairs of the Polish American Congress, stated: “It is a very rare day indeed when purely America national news services in the U.S. highlights a news event that sheds a positive light on a subject that we Americans of Polish descent hold near and dear to our hearts, the subject being Poland.” “It happened during the era of Solidarity in Poland and John Paul II in the world when our spirits were buoyed with pride in our heritage, and by a tangible promise of a world-wide renaissance of interest in Poland's history, culture, tradition, and growing prominence in modern European and world affairs. That pride's increase to an as-yet-then-to-be-defined apogee was fueled subsequently by Poland's admission to NATO and the European Union.”

“Yet in the United States no nation-wide recognition via Hollywood of Poland's place in the modern world other than having been the site of Germany's vicious decision to initiate its heinous ‘Final Solution’, has ever been initiated by anyone, except by Poles in Poland”, said Bajdek, “But now, Polish Americans are on the verge of a major change, provided we participate in achieving it!”

Mr. Bajdek continued, “In February, 2012, the Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, a 501(c)3 entity to which donations may be deducted from U.S. Federal Income tax, is working to produce a major Hollywood film via a real-life story that ties together Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-1921, and the American volunteer fighter pilot, Merian C. Cooper and his American fellow pilots who created the Kosciuszko Squadron to fight—and in some cases—die alongside Poland’s fighter pilots of the Second Republic in its struggle against communist Bolshevism of Russia in a ware that not only saved Poland but also a World War I weakened Europe from Russian conquest.” “Think of it,” he said, “An American decorated by Jozef Pitsudski with Poland’s “Virtuti Militari” for his service. This story should be told in a major Hollywood film!”

“I urge all Polish Americans and all patriotic Americans to consider becoming ‘Supporting Partners’ and 'Friends' of this great project and mission of the Foundation,” Mr. Bajdek continued, “These heroes cry out for our help to get their inspiring story told.” “This is truly the ‘Greatest Story Not Yet Told’, a story to inspire current and future generations. It is a story that links two great nations, Poland and the United States, all the way back to the Revolutionary War, when two Polish officers, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski, came to the America’s aid during its 'Glorious Cause', and that debt was partially repaid when Merian C. Cooper and his fellow American fighter pilots joined Poland’s pilots to form the famed Kosciuszko Squadron during Poland's war against the Bolshevik communists of Russia in 1919-1921. “

The Foundation’s achievements in establishing a tax exempt charitable entity, creating and launching a website and embedded YouTube feature film treatment, becoming known and naming Merian C. Cooper as the “Greatest American Hero of the Twentieth Century” and his involvement with the Kosciuszko Squadron as the “Greatest Story Not Yet Told”, are hallmark achievements. The work of the Foundation and this Merian C. Cooper/Kosciuszko Squadron feature film project have become known internationally.

“These remarkable achievements have been funded by a small group who have a passion for the mission of the Foundation to seek out and illuminate the lives of true American heroes, past and present, and they share a vision of illuminating the inspirational story of Cooper and the Kosciuszko Squadron through a Hollywood feature film so that present and future generations can be inspired,” said David C. Jamison, executive director of the Foundation. “The Foundation is now looking for broad support to get this story told”, he said. “The Foundation has set an initial goal of “The Campaign to Honor the Heroes of the Kosciuszko Squadron”of raising $1 million dollars which will take us through Step Two, securing a Hollywood screen writer and Director for the feature film, plus the necessary expenses to take us to the next level. We are appealing especially to those in the Polish American community to take the lead in helping and supporting the Foundation to tell this inspirational story that links two great nations, the United States and Poland.”

The Foundation’s website at http://www.iluminateamericasheroes.com contains the story of Merian C. Cooper and the Kosciuszko Squadron, told through an embedded YouTube video, entitled: “The Greatest Story Not Yet Told!” The Foundation has named great American and Polish Hero, Merian C. Cooper, “The Greatest American Hero of the Twentieth Century.” The written film treatment, “Honor To You” can be clicked and read within the website. The website also contains a donation link which allows everyone who supports this great story and mission to make tax exempt donations of any amount. All donations will greatly help the Foundation to illuminate this heroic story to the whole world.

The Foundation is making a formal appeal here now for SUPPORTING PARTNERS OF THE MERIAN C. COOPER/KOSCIUSZKO SQUADRON FILM. Supporting Partners of this great project and the Foundation will be listed both on the Foundation’s website and, when the feature film is released, on the film’s credits. SUPPORTING PARTNERS can support this great cause at several donation levels: PLATINUM Supporting Partners, those giving $10,000 or more; GOLD Supporting Partners, those giving $5,000 up to $9,999; SILVER Supporting Partners, those giving $1,000 up to $4,999; BRONZE Supporting Partners, those giving $500 up to $999. Donations at lesser levels from other FRIENDS of the Merian Cooper/Kosciuszko Squadron Hollywood Movie Film Project will be welcomed as well. All gifts to the Foundation are fully tax deductible in the current tax year. Supporting Partners should make checks payable to the Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, Inc. and mailed directly to the Executive Director at 104 Bristol Court, Dothan, AL 36303.

“I urge you to personally contact me about joining the ‘Campaign to Honor the Heroes of the Kosciuszko Squadron’, Jamison said, “You can email me at davidj@illuminateamericasheroes.com or call me at (334) 718-9501. “As a Supporting Partner, Member or Friend of the Foundation you can help make this the first Hollywood feature film financed by tax deductible donations to a charitable Foundation.” “If not you…who?”, he added, “If not now…when?”
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Contact information: David C. Jamison, Executive Director
            The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, Inc.
            http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com
            davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com
            (334) 718-950l

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