There are all sorts of archetypal American heroes: John Wayne. John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln.
My favorite: Jimmy Stewart, especially in his role as caring banker Geroge Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life." He wasn't just a friendly banker -- his work was as vital to the community good as soldiers defending our freedom, teachers inspiring our kids and doctors protecting our health.
And so it is today; a good bank or credit union is a vital part of financial prosperity, offering a hand with everything from buying that first house to providing a comfortable retirement.
Which financial institution in Plymouth has earned your trust? Where do you turn to ensure that your money works as hard as you do?
Nominate who you think has the best bank or credit union in Plymouth in the comments below.
We will take nominations starting this week. Nominations end July 9 and voting will run from July 23 to Aug. 17, 2012.