‘Patriots’ Day’ celebration set for Idaho Capitol Friday

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.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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