Monday, April 18, 2011

Patriot's Day

One of the best days to live in Massachusetts!
Patriot's Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War.  If you like to be up late, you can catch the midnight ride of Paul Revere, through Lexington the night before.  If you don't mind getting up early, you can catch the re-enactments on the Lexington Green, 
and march as the minutemen gather to battle at the Old North Bridge in Concord where the shot heard 'round the world was fired.  I love this day!  Over the years, we've done it all.  I can't really pick a favorite... it's just fun to re-live history and to live where it's so thick and alive.  
This year?  We're going to plant ourselves along Commonwealth Avenue just before the 19 mile mark of the Boston Marathon and cheer on all the racers and runners with our friend Ellen (who happens to deserve the credit for the pictures in this post).  Our next-door neighbor is running this year, and we're going to keep a look out for him and cheer extra loud! when he goes by.
Good Luck Frank!!
And Happy Patriot's Day 2011!


Becky said...

Are you going to see the Marathon? Wait, it's VACATION down there. (sigh) Lucky ducks.

Jo Jo said...

Fun! We love to go to that early morning battle so much we've never done anything else. Miss that!

shirlgirl said...

My Dad used to take us to watch the runners on Commonwealth Avenue. It was always a cold dreary day, if I remember correctly. Then when I worked in Kenmore Square, we used to walk down to the Square and watch them come through. It was exciting.

Courtney said...

I had no idea that Paul Revere's ride is reenacted! I must move back and see it.

I caught about 2 minutes of the marathon on TV this morning--just long enough to remind myself that I have no interest in inflicting that kind of pain on my body.

ellen said...

Boston's best day!

Doran & Jody said...

Like, like!!
Wish I would have been there with you.