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243rd Lantern Lighting Ceremony at Old North Church [Video]

The 243rd Lantern Lighting Ceremony was held on Sunday night, April 15th, the eve of Patriot’s Day. Suzi Berlin livestreamed the event.

The Lantern Ceremony celebrates the events of the night of April 18, 1775, when two signal lanterns were hung in the Old North Church steeple, alerting Paul Revere that the British were invading by sea and launching the American Revolution. This year’s ceremony recognized Dr. Danielle Allen, political theorist, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. The evening included colonial militia, re-enactors and speakers. Guests heard Paul Revere’s personal account of the day, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and witnessed a reenactment of the hanging of the two lanterns.