When I woke up the day after Easter, I suddenly realized it was Patriots’ Day. I have always loved the feeling and tradition of Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts, and I was excited to take it all in from home.

But first, a little history lesson about why we recognize Patriots’ Day? The day marks the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19 in 1775, which led to the Revolutionary War. Former Massachusetts Governor Frederic Greenhalge initially proclaimed Patriots’ Day be celebrated on April 19 each year to honor the battle. However, later the holiday was moved to the third Monday in April.

For some, Patriots’ Day might mean a day off from work or the start of April vacation if you’re in school. For many others, like me, the day brings a long-standing tradition of celebrating and watching the Boston Marathon and the Boston Red Sox game, which happen simultaneously.

The days and weeks leading up to the Marathon, I have always loved hearing the personal stories of the runners and why someone decides to take on the 26.2 mile challenge. For example, this year, the Town Crier wrote about Mendon resident, Henry Marshall, who ran the marathon to support Boston Children’s Hospital, where he received treatment as a youngster for an illness. Or the Hopkinton resident and doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, who works at Milford Regional Medical Center and ran this year to honor the front line workers at Milford Regional. According to Hopkins, ALL workers at the hospital have been running a marathon of their own the last few years due to the pandemic.

Of course, watching the Marathon also conjures up memories of the bombings that took place nine years ago and resulted in the deaths of five people and countless injuries. I remember the exact moment I heard about the bombings. I’ll never forget that day and the days following. Even after all these years, I am still in awe thinking about the bravery of the police officers and people seen running toward the danger to help and the strength of the survivors.

It is now evening and the marathon is hours over and the Red Sox lost. The news is on and reporting on the story of Henry Richard, the brother of young bombing victim Martin Richard. Henry ran the Boston Marathon today in remembrance of his younger sibling. The news story shows him crossing the finish line and into the arms of his family.

Yes, Patriots’ Day marks a day of traditional sporting events and it’s also one of historical significance. But it’s also a day that continues to show us resilience and heart.