Church re-enacts famous Revolutionary War lantern lighting

April 13, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — “One if by land, two if by sea.”

The famous signal from the American Revolution is being brought to life in Boston.

The Old North Church in the city’s North End is holding its annual re-enactment of the legendary act in the battle for independence from Britain on Sunday.

Two men hung two lanterns atop what was then the city’s tallest steeple on April 18, 1775. The signal prompted Paul Revere to set off on his midnight ride to warn the American army of the British army’s movements in the Boston-area.

Besides the lantern lighting, the ceremony features a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” and a keynote speech from state Attorney General Maura Healey.

The re-enactment has taken place every year since the event’s 1875 centennial.

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