The French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Wars on Iraq and Afghanistan; all these conflicts have shaped the history of the United States. War as an extension of diplomacy reflects the zeitgeist of the nation that wages it.
Therefore one can follow the history and culture of a peoples by studying its military history.
Someone should remind Governor Cuomo and other New York State officials of the contribution of the Empire State in terms of blood and treasure that was invested by New York State in the War of 1812.
Many New Yorkers, including Iroquois warriors, made many sacrifices participating in this national endeavor. From the Niagara Frontier to Plattsburgh, the war was waged on land and water. Sackett's Harbor, the Battle of Ogdensburg, Fort Niagara, French Mills, Battle of Plattsburgh, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, Fort Oswego, Fort Schlosser; all sites of actions in New York State during the War of 1812.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Dean Skelos, Speaker Sheldon Silver; have you no financing for commemorating the sacrifices and lives lost by New Yorkers in New York State and Canada, during the national conflict of the War of 1812?
No, really, nothing?? How sad, how very sad the sacrifices of New Yorkers and Iroquois warriors have been forgotten by this generation of New Yorkers.