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Battle of Plattsburgh bigger and better

Gary VanCour, Kit Booth and Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak discuss the Battle of Plattsburgh events.

Gary VanCour, Kit Booth and Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak discuss the Battle of Plattsburgh events.

Some of the lectures include Don Papson, who will discuss African-Americans in the Battle of Plattsburgh at 2 p.m., Sept. 2, at the War of 1812 Museum on the Old Base campus.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will speak about his book “The Civil War of 1812” during a presentation at 7 p.m., Sept. 5, at E. Glitz Auditorium in Plattsburgh State’s Hawkins Hall.

“You don’t often get this caliber of individual here,” VanCour said.

Booth said a representative of the British Navy would be at the event, as well as four re-enactors coming from England.

“Saturday is the parade day, following a re-enactment in Beekmantown in the morning,” Booth said. “This is where the first bloody conflict took place.”

The parade on Sept. 8 will feature more marching bands, musicians and other participants. At the start of the parade, the grandmaster car will be empty in memory of those who went to combat and never came back.

The Battle of Plattsburgh activities include more than 500 volunteers.

“You have to have a large number of people, and there is always a need,” VanCour said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call 561-4039.

“This is truly a team effort, and without each part it wouldn’t happen,” VanCour said.

Kasprzak stressed that it was a “world-class event.”

“It is something that is really meaningful for the City of Plattsburgh.”

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