Every year the third Monday in April is designated as Patriot’s Day, a holiday now celebrated in only two states, Massachusetts and Maine. It is a day set aside to remember and commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord and America’s patriots.
How important were these men and events in our national history? These events began a revolution that ended with the formation and development of this nation. Not only were shots fired that cool April morning but the first has come to be known as the shot heard around the world. Yes, it was at this place and this time that the battle for freedom and democracy began. The battle continues to this day in nations around the world as patriots sacrifice everything in their quest for freedom.
It’s not the success of a mission or even the success of a revolution that justifies the name of patriot. No a patriot can fail at their mission as did Nathan Hale and yet be venerated as a patriot. A patriot can be defined as a proud supporter or defender of their country. Nathan Hale and the minutemen of Lexington and Concord were something more than supporters of their country; they were patriots by action and commitment.
Their support and defense of an ideal was not by pen or voice it was more than that, it was their lives at risk for the concept of individual and national freedom. Their commitment and acceptance of ultimate risk deserves the recognition of this day.
Coventry is the birthplace of Connecticut’s Patriot, Nathan Hale. Our students proudly rally around the Patriot school mascot but today we are faced with a challenge to honor our native son and patriot. Today as we move forward with a community celebration for our 300th anniversary there is a commitment to honor Nathan Hale in Veterans Memorial Park.
The plans call for a life-size silicone bronze statue and work has already begun but there is a major challenge before the committee. The challenge and commitment calls for community support with fundraising and they need your help. Contributions of any size are welcome and donations of $100.00 or more will be recognized on a plaque in the Town Hall.
Today is an opportunity to reflect and commemorate the sacrifice of a patriot. Patriot’s Day would be a fine day to send a check to support the new Nathan Hale Memorial. All contributions are tax deductible and can be sent to:
Nathan Hale Memorial
C/O Paul Jatkowski (Treasurer)
91 Upton Drive
Coventry, CT 06238
Nathan Hale made his contribution to our country; will you make a contribution in his memory?