Patriots’ Day 2018 will long be remembered as the day that an incredible community came together to help grant the wish of a young history buff.
John, 14, and his family traveled to Boston from Anchorage, Alaska, for his wish to participate in the Patriots’ Day Revolutionary War reenactment. John’s fascination with American history began in social studies class, and he admires “how the colonists started out as such a rag tag group that managed to create a country and beat one of the most powerful armies in the world.” Getting lost in history books and shows is a favorite hobby for John, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He isn’t able to run or play sports, so he took to music and began playing the drums at an early age.
Plans for John’s wish got underway and it wasn’t long before it was decided that he would participate in the Patriots’ Day reenactment as a drummer! He spent months learning his drumming part online via FaceTime with Anthony Jenkins, a drummer and reenactor in Massachusetts.
On the eve of John’s wish day, as the weather forecast became increasingly stormy, the official public reenactment event was cancelled – yet the reenactment community wouldn’t let weather get in the way. They rallied together and came out in full force to make sure John’s wish came true!
In the early morning hours of Patriots’ Day, John and his family enjoyed VIP seating and a special welcome at the Lexington Battle reenactment. John then joined the Acton Minute Men for their march to Concord, where he and his drum led the march to the North Bridge for the battle demonstration. John gave the official drum command, alerting the group to fire their muskets!
Thanks to the power of community, John experienced his wish-come-true through a day that magnified the collective strength, heart, and compassion at the core of the Make-A-Wish mission!
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