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POLL: Should Bunker Hill Day be a National Event?

Cast your vote and share your opinion in the comments section.

Congressman Michael Capuano told a crowd at Sunday's Bunker Hill Associates Breakfast that he would be willing to sponsor a bill to make Bunker Hill Day a national event, but he would need to see a swell of local support first.

The Boston Herald posted video from the breakfast, where Capuano told attendees that the Battle of Bunker Hill "says more about America... than almost anything since."

In the Herald article, both City Councilor Sal LaMattina and U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren supported Capuano's idea.

What do you think?

Caitlin Walsh June 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Patriots day is as significant (maybe a little less because it wasn't an organized battle) as Bunker Hill Day and yet that is a state holiday while only Suffolk county gets the 17th off? Not exactly sound logic. I don't know if Bunker Hill Day could ever go national, since the Forth of July isn't that far away, but it the State should definitely legitimize it by making it a state holiday. We can argue about Evacuation day later.
Bette Task June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Capuano is just looking for votes! Hello! We lost the battle and you want to make it a Federal holiday. This is strictly a local event. It isn't even that big a deal around hear anymore. Just look at the Parade route and the lack of people watching.
Kim June 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
They only lost because they ran out of ammunition probably cause of people like you Betty so negative ...Why make them more ammunition they will just lose, But because of that battle many many say is the reason we WON the WAR and people like you today can say huh it means nothing..GOD BLESS AMERICA and God bless THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT AND DIED AT BUNKER HILL !!!!
Kim June 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
While the result was a victory for the British, they suffered heavy losses: over 800 wounded and 226 killed, including a notably large number of officers. The battle is seen as an example of a PYRRHIC VICTORY, because the immediate gain (the capture of Bunker Hill) was modest and did not significantly change the state of the siege, while the cost (the loss of nearly a third of the deployed forces) was high. Meanwhile, colonial forces were able to retreat and regroup in good order having suffered few casualties. Furthermore, the battle demonstrated that RELATIVELY INEXPERIENCED COLONIAL FORCES WERE WILLING AND ABLE TO STAND UP TO REGULAR ARMY TROOPS in a pitched battle. Isn't it time WE stand up to the NAY SAYERS and say YES this is An IMPORTANT EVENT and YES it MEAN SOMETHING or should we be like BETTY AND Tell these men and women it meant nothing... Casualties & losses Great Britain 226 killed, (including 19 officers) 828 soldiers wounded, (including 62 officers) Total: 1,054 Militias of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Rhode Island 115 killed, 305 wounded, 30 captured (20 POWs died) Total: 450
Kim June 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Sorry for the double post I had a lot to say just sick and tired as i think many are of hearing HUH its just a hack Holiday.... What a shame being brain washed by the likes of Howie Carr... Its okay for him to get caught drunk driving a few years ago in Wellesley and sweep it under the rug but try and celebrate the battle of bunker hill and your just a hack... Shame on you...
Seamus O'Sullivan June 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Kim, let's call a spade a spade here. It's really just an excuse for townies to sit in lawnchairs on the street and get shitfaced.
Joseph June 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Bette, you are one clueless old bird. Revisit the history books. You may want to change that stance of yours. And you sell property in Charlestown? Very interesting. Not sure where you were watching, but the streets and sidewalks were alive with people who were having a great time. Sorry you missed it.
Matt M. Casey (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Please keep it civil, guys.
Jay K. June 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
It's an excellent reason for townies to sit in lawnchairs and get shitfaced! It was my first one and I loved it. I liked seeing everybody celebrate their neighborhood and the history. And I liked what was in my red cup. If we make a federal case out of it, they might take away our little red cups.
Kim June 12, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I am sorry that is all you see Bunker Hill day for Seamus ...But i would not expect anything else from you so at least you are consistent and JAY i guess no one told you but CHAD has made the parade Alcohol free for years guess you missed the flyer !!!
Jimmy G. June 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Your right Kim ...It is sad... Maybe thats what it means to that Knucklehead Seamus who all he does is start crap and talk down to everyone but if it does become a National Holiday he will be the first one Celebrating it....When did celebrating an Historical American Event become a bad thing ????
Caitlin Walsh June 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I was impressed with the crowds. I marched for the first time in a while and noticed some empty spots, especially further down the /long/ route, but to make up for them there were often crowds three or four people deep.
Jay K. June 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM
First they come for our little red cups. Then they come for our freedom. Tyranny, I say... tyranny.
Timbo June 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I agree it should be a national holiday,every kid in america reads about it in their history books. yea we lost the battle so what...but,WE WON THE WAR!
Elaine Donovan June 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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don young June 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Psychcologically we won that battle. British troops were unnerved by the resistance they met. Two attempts to make it up the hill failed. The third attempt was successful only because the colonials ran out of ammunition not by lack of resolve. Just a local event? The colonial resolve set the tone for the rest of the war and the eventual defeat of the British. Down playing this battle is a disservice and dishonor to the veterans who fought it and died.
Kerri Singleton June 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
We dont need Bunkerhill Day to sit in lawn chairs and get drunk! You dont know anything I take it !

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