The promise of
America hinged on what happened on April 19, 1775. When Bush declared 9/11 to
be Patriots Day, my wife went ballistic. It seems that Patriots Day is April
19! The night of April 18-19 was when Paul Revere took his famous �midnight
ride� alerting people, �The British are coming!�
wife was born in Alabama, she was raised in Cambridge and Lexington,
Massachusetts, and participated in many Patriots Day celebrations honoring the
small group of Minute Men who held the far superior British troops in Lexington
long enough for the Minute Men in Concord to secure the ammunition stored
There has been
a rivalry between those two towns ever since. At least as long as my wife lived
there, every Thanksgiving Lexington and Concord played their last football game
of the year against each other, and the winner got the Revolutionary musket.
Usually Concord got it, but my wife is hopeful that things have changed since
she moved away and that now Lexington is winning the musket.
At dawn on
every April 19, the Lexington High School band, in which my wife played
clarinet, marched from the eastern edge of town to the Battle Green along the
route Revere and the British took. They marched the route again in the
afternoon for the big town celebration in honor of that brave group of Minute
Eight of them
were killed. Beside the doorway to the home of one of my wife�s friends was a
plaque to one who died that day on those very steps my wife climbed many times
to visit her friend.
The Red Coats
marched on to Concord, where Minute Men had had time to prepare and were
victorious. And that was the start of our Revolution.
Constitution would not be completed for 12 years. That is our beloved
Constitution. The Constitution that spells out what has (in the past) made the
United States the nation we pride ourselves on being: �Land of the free and
home of the brave.� That is the Constitution and national character that
Bushies are destroying with their greedy power grabbing to create the
dictatorship of an imperial presidency in the name of a newly proclaimed �Patriots
denying the importance of 9/11, but it is not Patriots Day. By stealing the
name, the Bush/Rovians deny us one of the proudest days in our history. And I
for one want it back.
Let�s lift one
to April 19th: �May the spirit of the true patriotism of 1775 rise again.�
authority. It�s the American way.