Happy Patriots’ Day!


The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!

Patriots’ Day is a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. In the morning there is a battle reenactment on the Lexington Green of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and the British regulars. If you remember back to U.S. history class, that battle was the shot heard round the world.

There is also a re-enactment of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes from Boston out to Lexington. (You don’t know about Hawes because Longfellow didn’t write a poem about him.) That ride started out with the “one if by land, two if by sea” signal to Charlestown in case Revere and Dawes were captured.

The more modern day event is the running of the Boston Marathon, starting in Hopkinton and ending 26.2 miles later in Copley Square. This year is the 113th running of the race.

What does this have to do with compliance or business ethics? Nothing. It’s a holiday here in Massachusetts so I am out of the office.

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