Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Boston Marathon

  Tomorrow is known as Marathon Monday in New England.  The Boston Marathon is always run on Patriot's Day, which celebrates Paul Revere's midnight ride.  Revere raced on horseback from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts in order to warn that the British soldiers were coming.  The year was 1775 and the Colonists were fighting for  freedom from England.  We are blessed to live close enough to be able to visit Plymouth Rock, the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor, and historic Lexington and Concord.  My Dad grew up one block from the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and we climbed those steps many times as kids.  I've walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, featuring Paul Revere's home and many other  historic buildings.  The Boston Tea Party was real, and it happened in my backyard!
  Fenway Park turns 100 yrs old April 20th, and we will celebrate it throughout this entire baseball  season.  The Red Sox game will start at 11am tomorrow in order to close the streets for the marathoners.  The  race ends  within walking distance of  Fenway, so the Red Sox can play their game, then get to the finish line to greet and congratulate family members who have run.  The entire metro area gets in on the celebration!
   Good luck to all those competing on Patriot's Day this year.  If you cannot get close to the festivities, you can still wear red to show support, and talk about the significance of Patriots Day for New England.  We might not be called the United States of America today, if it were not for the courage of Paul Revere, and the bravery of those fighting with him.  When we hear the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America sung at sporting events, we should  take a minute to give thanks, and remember our American History.
  Have a good week everyone. I'm just giving my opinion, so take what you like and leave the rest...and the beat goes on...the beat goes on......

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