“Listen, my children, and you shall hearimages

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

Hardly a man is now alive

Who remembers that famous day and year.”

American school children should all know at least the first verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”  The full poem can be found here.

We post the poem today in remembrance of Revere’s historic ride on April 18, 1775 and in anticipation of Patriots Day which takes place on the third Monday of April, falling on April 21st this year.

Patriots Day is an important holiday out east, especially in Massachusetts where it is a state holiday.  Rhode Island Public Radio explains the significance of the day,

“Patriots Day is both a solemn day of remembrance and a time of fizzy celebration.  Long a state holiday in Massachusetts, it marks the annual commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the shots heard around the world that started the Revolutionary War and established the template for what would become the greatest democracy and strongest military power the world has ever known.”

In addition to the reenactments of historic events that have been planned, the Boston Marathon will be run as part of the Patriots Day celebration and the Boston Red Sox will play the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Pride and patriotism will be on full display in Massachusetts on April 21st, made all the more poignant this year as citizens remember the terrorist bombings which traumatized Boston a year ago.

Alan Davis of the First Capital Tea Party has put together a video, “They Answered the Call,” which he would like to share with fellow tea party activists.

The rest of the country is missing an important opportunity by not observing Patriots Day.  The Fourth of July is widely celebrated, but most Americans rarely commemorate the individual acts of bravery and sacrifice that made independence possible.  And sadly, fewer school children each year are even able to recognize the names of such patriots as Paul Revere.

A full listing of the ceremonies to take place over the Patriots Day holiday can be found here.