Put Our Divisions Aside on Patriots’ Day

April 19, 1775.

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Americans think of July Fourth as Independence Day — the anniversary of their nation’s birth, signaled by the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But if you really want to celebrate the country’s birthday, you might do that today.

It’s Patriots’ Day. In a time of national tumult and division, let’s all raise a toast, and shed some tears.

Recognized in just four states, Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, where the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775. Every American should know the tale.


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