BREWER — April 19 was Patriots Day, a day that commemorates the 246th anniversary of the American Revolutionary War.
Post offices, courts and other businesses were closed Monday in honor of those who fought and risked their lives at the beginning of the war. Earlier today, a festive parade was held in Brewer to honor the fallen soldiers. Motorcycles, cars, vans, and Patriotic flags took part in the parade on this notable day.
Matthew McCarthy, a parade participant, expressed his gratitude for those who fought in the battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775.
“We are thankful for the brave men and women, Mainers and those who aren’t Mainers that have fought and some of them paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” McCarthy said.
This was the war of independence for the 13 colonies and occurred because of the tensions between Great Britain’s colonies.
Veterans and residents decorated cars and gathered in Brewer for a rolling review.
“It was a great patriotic gathering of people just getting together and driving around and waving flags and saying you know what, we are proud to be Americans,” McCarthy said.
Cars with American flags drove throughout Bangor and Brewer to see these historic monuments, including the Chamberlain Freedom Park.
Maine resident Kyle Vincent-Albert reflected on a memorable day in history.
“Patriots Day in America, to me, with Joshua Chamberlain and everything that this town stands for, I really respect it,” he said.