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.
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).
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.
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.