Today a bronze plaque outside a Banana Republic store on Manhattan’s Third Avenue commemorates this deed that resonates down through time. Hale was hung not more than 100 yards from the store on what is now 66th Street and was then rural. This intersection of patriotism and commerce is today posh and stylish.
Hale could not have imagined its diversity and wealth. One can hope that we still live in a country that values patriotism over money, but the quaint position of the memorial site is less than heartening.
Djelloul Marbrook began as a reporter for The Providence Journal; worked as an editor for The Elmira Star-Gazette (Gannett), The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel, and The Washington Star; executive editor for a chair of four dailies in Northeast Ohio and executive editor for a merger of two dailies in northern New Jersey. His first novel, Saraceno, was published in January (Open Book Press). For more information www.djelloulmarbrook.com or www.myspace.com/delmarbrook.