PLATTSBURGH - It was publicized as a "banner day" for Clinton County and that's exactly what it was.
Tara Sullivan, executive director of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, presented City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak with a special flag March 16 honoring this year's celebration, which highlights, in part, French explorer Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the region 400 years ago.
Sullivan, who was joined by the commission's vice chairperson, Celine R. Paquette, stated the presentation symbolized the official launch of celebrations that will take place from the North Country to New York City. Plattsburgh was first on the list of a "marathon flag drops" that occurred throughout the week. Other locations included Elizabethtown in Essex County and stops in Warren and Washington counties.
"There is a great history that originated here 400 years ago," said Sullivan. "We're making stops in recognition of all communities' preparations and plans."
The commission most recently added its 1,000th event to its ongoing list of quadricentennial activities, said Sullivan. That milestone, said Paquette, symbolizes the efforts of many who have been involved with the year-long event's planning.
"We have a lot of communities doing a lot of great things. And, this is the beginning," Paquette said of the flag presentation.
Kasprzak thanked Sullivan and Paquette for the 3 ft. by 5 ft. flag on behalf of the city, crediting Paquette for her "many, many years" of planning and preparation for the North County's celebration of the quadricentennial.
"Our history is very important in this region," said Kasprzak. "It's a backbone and mainstay of our tourism and we want to promote as best we can. I think with your visit today, it's a great start for us."
The complete listing of North Country quadricentennial events is available at www.discoverlakechamplain400.org. For more information, visit www.exploreny400.com.