September 2, 2012

Local battle holds special place in history


This week, we should remember that the land of the free and home of the brave began in Plattsburgh. Someday, I hope that every school child knows so. Certainly, Plattsburgh and Clinton County should take heart that this area is special, like perhaps no other region in this nation. When we walk these streets and absorb this week’s upcoming events, let us remember that without Plattsburgh, there would likely be no great nation to the extent we see today.

In this sense, these streets that were once bathed in soldiers’ blood ought to now be paved with gold.

Colin Read is a contributor to and has published eight books with MacMillan Palgrave Press. He chairs the Department of Finance and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh. Continue the discussion at

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