BOSTON, Mass. (AP) – Sen. Edward Markey delivered the keynote at the Old North Church annual Lantern Ceremony Friday night, marking the day April 18, 1775, when lanterns hung in the church signaled Paul Revere that British regulars were marching to Lexington and Concord, allowing him to ride ahead and warn the colonists.
The lantern hanging has been re-enacted every year since 1875. The 2014 honorary lantern carriers will be Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia and the first responders who saved her life, Boston Police Officer Shana Cottone, Boston Firefighter Mike Materia, Northeastern University student Shores Salter, and Roseann’s mother Rosemary Buckley.
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Police Sgt. William J. Walsh will read excerpts of Paul Revere’s description of his ride. British Consul Susie Kitchens will read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem about the ride. Music will be provided by the First Michigan Fife and Drum Corps and the Old North Church choir. The procession will be led by the USS Constitution color guard and several colonial militias.
At the end of the ceremony, Markey and Vicar Stephen Ayres will hand two lanterns to the honorary lantern carriers and “Paul Revere” who will walk them out of the nave to hang in the church steeple. “Paul Revere” will then march to the Coast Guard station, board an antique rowboat and be rowed to the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston National Historical Park for another ceremony.