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January 23, 2008

The General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee, Inc. President Richard Zawisny is pleased to announce the Grand Marshal of the 71st Parade will be Clifton New Jersey Councilman and former New Jersey State Assemblyman 34th District Hon. Peter C. Eagler.

Peter has been an activist for the Polish American community in New Jersey for many years.  The Parade Committees selection of Peter Eagler is well deserved and is recognized as one of the most prestigious honor the Polish American community can bestow on anyone in the tri state area.

When elected, Peter C. Eagler was humble, modest, deeply honored and delighted to have been chosen the 2008 Grand Marshal. On Sunday, October 5, Assemblyman Eagler will be leading the over 100 contingents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut up Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The Pulaski Day Parade has been held on Firth Avenue since 1937 to honor the Polish born American Revolutionary War General who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Savannah Georgia in October 1779. This celebration coincides with the national observance by Act of the US Congress and Presidential Proclamation. It is also a day to honor the accomplishments of the Polish People and Polish Americans in all walks of life and vocations.
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg along with New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell 8th District sent congratulatory remarks for Mr. Eagler for his many years of dedicated service to the Polish Community and the community at large. New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak 20th  District, Grand Marshal of the Pulaski Parade in 2004 also had presented a Senate Resolution honoring Mr. Eagler’s record to improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents.

The official Sash of Honor was presented by past Marshals of the Parade at the Polish Consulate in New York City on Thursday January 17. Representatives from the many contingents as well as over 150 leaders from Polish civic, religious, cultural, fraternal organizations participated.

By Heidi J. Kopala

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Biographical Information: Peter C. Eagler

Paul VI Regional High School, Clifton NJ, Class of 1972
Fairleigh Dickenson University, Madison Campus, Class of 1976
Bachelor of Science: Double Major in Political Science, Russian Area Studies

New Jersey Highway Authority 1977- 2002
  Safety Inspector
  Director of the Garden State Arts Center Heritage Festivals, Holmdel NJ
  Documentation Supervisor TIS
New Jersey Transit Financial Analyst 2006 – present

Elected Offices:
Clifton City Council 1990 – 2002, 2006 –present
Passaic County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders (county commissioner, legislature) 1997 -2005
New Jersey State Assemblyman 2002 -2006

Community Involvement:
Executive Vice President of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee
1998 Marshal for Passaic, Clifton and Vicinity Contingent Pulaski Parade
Past President St John Kanty’s Parish Council
St John Kanty’s Picnic Chairman
Past Vice President of the Central of Polish Organizations
Past Member of the Chopin Singing Society
Organizer of the Polish Flag Raising at Clifton City Hall since 1981- present
Member of the Polish Slavic Credit Union
Member of the Polish Cultural Foundation, Clark NJ
Nominated for Grand Marshall of the Pulaski Parade 2006 stepped aside in favor of New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski to promote a strong and united Polonia.
Awards for Distinguished Service from many diverse ethnic communities in New Jersey, Polish, Italian, Jewish, Ukrainian, Irish, German, African- American, Chinese, Hispanic, Slovak, Scottish.