Idaho Supreme Court Justice Dan Eismann will help mark the 238th anniversary of the Revolutionary War in a ceremony at the Capitol at noon Friday.
Eismann will read a proclamation from Gov. Butch Otter, who leaves Friday for a trade mission in Asia. At 12:30 p.m., an Abraham Lincoln impersonator will fire a symbolic shot in honor of servicemen and women who have fought since the April 19, 1775, battles of Lexington and Concord.
Amanda Carling-Post, an active duty soldier who served in Iraq, will read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, “The Concord Hymn.”
In Massachusetts, Patriots’ Day is a holiday, celebrated on a Monday near April 19. The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day. Organizer Terry Shepard said the Idaho event will have ample security, including armed 2nd Amendment advocates. He said a statement about the deadly bombing in Boston Monday will be added to the ceremony.
Friday’s event is the seventh year that Patriots’ Day will be sponsored by Ben Franklin Foundation, which offers re-enactors of historical figures including Franklin and Davy Crockett. For more information, call Shepard at 345-6230. Shepard will portray Franklin on Friday. Betsy Ross and Patrick Henry re-enactors are also expected.