Saturday, April 19, 2008

Patriots Day!!!!

Patriots Day

If your have never lived in Massachusetts or Maine you may never have heard of Patriots Day. But that day is a HOLIDAY in those two states. It is a celebration of the ride of Paul Revere that set off the Revolutionary War.
It is celebrated in Modern days by the running of the Boston Marathon and later in the day a Boston Red Sox Game. After living all over the country and never having heard of Patriots Day I was delighted to learn about it after we moved to Maine. An extra holiday.
Of course as with all holidays now it is celebrated on the nearest Monday instead now so it will be Monday the 21st instead of the traditional April 19th.
So.... to help you celebrate this day go to this site and read Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's ride and remember how lucky we are to live in our wonderful country and are continued to be protected by loyal American's who are there to sacrifice for us.
The poem starts

Paul Revere's Ride 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.
(click here for the whole poem)

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