HAPPY PATRIOTS' DAYTomorrow is Patriots' Day, it will be observed Monday, April 20th but the actual day is the 19th. Patriots' Day is a civic holiday celebrating the Battles of Lexington and Concord the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775,
Here is a link to The Landlords Tale, Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and a link to The Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Here is a brief history of Patriots' Day (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Patriots' Day was first proclaimed in Massachusetts in 1894 by Gov. Frederic T. Greenhalge replacing Fast Day as a public holiday. It was established on April 19, commemorating the date of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, and consolidating the longstanding municipal observances of Lexington Day and Concord Day. It also marked the first bloodshed of the American Civil War in the Baltimore riot of 1861, during which four members of the Massachusetts militia were slain and 36 injured. The dual commemoration, Greenhalge explained, celebrated "the anniversary of the birth of liberty and union." In 1938, with the generation that had fought in the Civil War largely off the voter rolls, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill establishing the holiday "in commemoration of the opening events of the War of the Revolution."
Maine followed Massachusetts in 1907 and replaced its Fast Day with Patriot's Day.
240 years ago tomorrow the greatest battle in our history started and on that day this wonderful country started it's fight for independence. And thanks to those brave men and women we were able to become the great nation we are today.
So take a moment tomorrow to remember all of our heroes and thank them for their service and sacrifice.