Happy Patriots’ Day everyone.
Patriots’ Day is a regional holiday celebrated in Massachusetts and a few other places. It also coincides with the Boston Marathon, which is one of the great marathons. Every year, the Red Sox play an early home game that starts at 11:00 A.M. This year, we also have the fortune of having both the Celtics and the Bruins playing important playoff games. It’s a day of great revelry and celebration.
However, Patriots’ Day is also symbolic of our historical amnesia and cultural decay. Most holidays possess some historical significance combined with celebratory exuberance such as Independence Day or Memorial Day. As civic pride, patriotism, and the martial spirit have withered in Massachusetts, so has the historical significance of the holiday. It is purely a spectacle now. A day off from work to get drunk and watch sports. Locals have come to call the day “Marathon Monday” as opposed to Patriots’ Day. But we stewards of American history and culture shall not forget.
Although it is a regional holiday, the historical significance of Patriots’ Day is shared by all. It commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord fought on April 19th 1775. The battle of Lexington is acknowledged as the first battle of the American Revolution. No one knows which side fired the first shot at Lexington. But because of the historical significance of the American Revolution, historians have dubbed that shot as “The shot heard ’round the world”.
Let us hope and pray that shot will continue to be heard around the world for generations to come.