Monday, April 19, 2010

Who knew?

Apparently today is Patriots' Day (not to be confused -- yeah, right -- with Patriot Day on September 11). Only officially observed in Massachusetts and Maine (a part of Massachusetts until 1820), it commemorates the battles of the Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord.

This saddens me for two reasons: I grew up in Maine and am only just now learning about this commemoration; and this perfectly honorable remembrance has obviously been co-opted by self-styled, modern-day "patriots" who blow up government buildings, protest some of the lowest taxes in history and wave around guns as close to the Capitol as they are legally permitted (Virginia).