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2015 Lantern Ceremony Features Mayor Walsh and Honors Medical Workers [Photo Gallery]

The 2015 Annual Lantern Ceremony at Old North Church on Sunday night was the highlight of Patriot’s Day weekend in Boston’s North End. The ceremony memorializes April 18, 1775, when two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church, launching what would become the American Revolutionary War. Signaling the departure of British regulars “by sea,” the two lanterns have come to represent the resolve and ingenuity of the American spirit.

Every year since 1875, on the eve of Patriot’s Day, Old North has commemorated the hanging of the lanterns by inviting guests to join a prominent member of the community at the Lantern Ceremony. This year, honors went to a team of healthcare workers, from Partners in Health, who have travelled to West Africa, to volunteer their time and medical expertise, to aid communities and individuals effected by the deadly Ebola virus.

The 2015 keynote speaker was Mayor Marty Walsh and the event also featured a reading of Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride by Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena and Jennifer Siegler. Rev. Stephen T. Ayres, Vicar of Old North Church moderated the event with music by the Old North Chamber Choir and 1st Michigan Colonial Fife & Drum Corps.

Attending the ceremony this year was Governor Charlie Baker, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts Alan Gates. Also present were members of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, Grand Lodge of Masons, National Lancers, Lexington Minute Men, Watertown Provincial Guard, Acton Minutemen and Wilmington MinutemenPhotos by Matt Conti.

 Two if by Sea
Two if by Sea
 Lantern Presentation to Keynote Speaker Mayor Martin Walsh by Rev. Stephen Ayres
Lantern Presentation to Keynote Speaker Mayor Martin Walsh by Rev. Stephen Ayres
 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps on the Prado
1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps on the Prado
 Governor Charlie Baker (2nd from left) is joined by local officials State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (left), City Councilor Sal LaMattina (right) and Donato Frattaroli (2nd from right)
Governor Charlie Baker (2nd from left) is joined by local officials State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (left), City Councilor Sal LaMattina (right) and Donato Frattaroli (2nd from right)
 Secretary, Mass. Dept. of Veterans
Secretary, Mass. Dept. of Veterans’ Services, Francisco Urena & Jennifer Siegler
 Paul Revere re-enactor Michael LePage leads Lantern Carriers from Partners Health
Paul Revere re-enactor Michael LePage leads Lantern Carriers from Partners Health
 Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company
Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company
 Rosalyn Fennell reads excerpts from Paul Revere
Rosalyn Fennell reads excerpts from Paul Revere’s Letter
 From the left, Rev. Stephen Ayres, Governor Charles Baker and Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris
From the left, Rev. Stephen Ayres, Governor Charles Baker and Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris
 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps in the Old North Courtyard
1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps in the Old North Courtyard
 Mayor Marty Walsh gives the keynote address
Mayor Marty Walsh gives the keynote address
 Boston Marathon runners and reenactors at the Lantern Ceremony reception
Boston Marathon runners and reenactors at the Lantern Ceremony reception
 Robert Jolly, Jr (left) and Gov. Charlie Baker
Robert Jolly, Jr (left) and Gov. Charlie Baker
 From the left, Robert Beal, Sal LaMattina, Donato Frattaroli and Aaron Michlewitz
From the left, Robert Beal, Sal LaMattina, Donato Frattaroli and Aaron Michlewitz
 Old North Church Vicar, Stephen T. Ayres
Old North Church Vicar, Stephen T. Ayres
 Councilor Sal LaMattina (left) and Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (right) are joined by North Enders Rosemary McAuliffe and Michele Morgan
Councilor Sal LaMattina (left) and Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (right) are joined by North Enders Rosemary McAuliffe and Michele Morgan
 Old North Church Chamber Choir
Old North Church Chamber Choir
 Mass. Governor Charlie Baker (right) celebrates Patriot
Mass. Governor Charlie Baker (right) celebrates Patriot’s Day with Paul Revere re-enactor Michael LePage

Photos by Matt Conti.

After the Lantern Ceremony, the National Lancers performed a reenactment of Paul Revere’s Ride under Old North’s “Two If By Sea” lanterns. See the video.

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