April 15th Patriot’s Day

While this holidays is normally restricted to the New England region it really should be celebrated all across America. It is a bit confusing since it falls on the third Monday of the month so the date varies, but it celebrates when America first separated from England. It celebrates Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride as well as the battles at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The actual day was April 19th but that doesn’t matter. Now Paul Revere never completed his ride, in fact he didn’t really get very far before he was arrested. He also did not shout “The British are coming”! as is often depicted. Back then, most of us were British and that would mean nothing to the homesteads he was warning. “The Redcoats are coming” would have been more like it since the Redcoats were known to be the soldiers. Also the battles at Lexington and Concord weren’t really battles as they were very one sided and did not last very long. However, the Redcoats never forget their attempt to get back to Boston.

How to celebrate – Remember the Patriots that started making the Untied States the United States. Visit New England. Study history, it is relevant.

April 16th Patriot’s Day

This is Patriot’s Day! No, it isn’t about the New England Patriots that play football. It is about Patriots that were in New England but instead of winning the Super Bowl, they won America.  The date may be a bit confusing. It’s always celebrated the third Monday of April so though it is supposed to be in honor of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, which came on April 19th, this year it falls on the 16th.

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We are supposed to remember those men, and women, who answered the call of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, announcing the British were marching on Lexington and Concord where the rebels kept their powder and weapons. Now there are a few flaws here. Number one, Revere didn’t complete his ride… in fact, he was arrested before he told hardly anyone! The next thing is that he would not announce the British were coming because, well… everyone was British! The proper announcement was, The Red Coats were coming (everyone knew the Red Coats were the soldiers).

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Now the opening battles of Lexington and Concord were actually lost by the Americans… or sort of anyway. They ran from the experienced Red Coats. However, the Red Coats didn’t get what they were after either as the Patriots had hidden everything where the soldiers could not find it. It was the soldiers return to Boston that was cause for alarm. The Patriots hit them over and over, striking as they had seen the Native Americans do to them for years.

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The Red Coats lost badly and the rebels had a new name, Patriots. The rest of the war didn’t go so well for the Patriots though they did finally win (as we all know). So today is the day we honor the memory of those who fired the opening shots. I wonder if we would be brave enough to do the same today if we had to?

How to celebrate  – Read about the Patriots. Visit New England and the battle sites there. Learn about the American Revolution.