Patriots’ Day and Seders

Last week I attended a spectacular Seder meal at my law professor's home.  He and his wife were gracious and helpful to all of us who were not Jewish and experiencing our first Seder.  As I learned, the Seder is really geared toward the younger generation.  More specifically, its purpose is to make sure that the rising generation understands where they came from and the travails that their forefathers experienced.  The Seder really struck a chord with me.  I wanted to introduce some type of Seder with my own family to commemorate the things in our past that are sacred to us. 

Which brings me to Patriots' Day.  You can read about it here.  It commemorates the "shot heard 'round the world"–the battles of Lexington and Concord.  My experience at the Seder made me wonder if we, as Americans, retain a sufficient memory of the sacrifices that were born by those who went before us. 

History is so often cast aside as a "boring" subject in high school.  It seems to me, however, that we sever our relationship with our predecessors at our own peril.  The 4th of July and related holidays don't do enough.  I enjoy fireworks and a good barbecue, but these don't instill the virtues that our country was founded on. We need a Patriot's Seder, if you will.  We need to make sure that the rising generation is familiar with words like Lexington & Concord, like Antietam, like Iwo Jima. 

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