Happy Patriots' Day 2016!

When I think of Patriots, I don't just think of Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, and the guys who make New England proud on the field.

I think of Paul Revere and the Minutemen -- including brave men from present-day Nashua -- who launched the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Lexington and Concord on this day in 1775. I think of the ideals for which they fought of liberty, equality, and democracy enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and the NH Constitution.

And I think of the New Hampshire men and women who continue the patriotic struggle for "liberty and justice for all" each day by joining the armed forces, volunteering with AmeriCorps, and serving our community in countless ways. 

Like the City Year AmeriCorps members with whom I was privileged to serve in our state's highest-poverty schools.

Or the women of Marguerite's Place, where we visited last week, who are providing dignified shelter to victims of domestic abuse.

Or my fellow NH Rebels who walked over 30,000 miles in Granny D's footsteps to #FightBigMoney during the Presidential Primary and at Democracy Awakening this weekend on Capitol Hill.

Or the many concerned citizens who joined Gov. Maggie Hassan and me last week to proclaim Equal Pay Day and continue the fight for gender equity in our state… 

The list goes on and on. My point is simple: On Patriots' Day and throughout the year, people of all parties are continuing the patriotic fight for liberty, equality, and democracy -- and we can too. Thank you for the many ways you serve and for helping us keep service at the center of this campaign. As Dr. Martin Luther King observed, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve."