Month of April brings change

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  • By Ch. (Lt. Col.) William Hoggatt
  • 908th Airlift Wing
Did you know that April is National Humor Month, International Guitar Month, Lawn & Garden Month, National Pecan Month and National Welding Month? The month begins with April Fool's Day and ends with National Honesty Day. April also includes Ex-spouses Day and No Housework Day.

You would expect the chaplain to point out that several important religious holidays also fall in April, such as Good Friday, Easter, and Passover. These Holy Days reflect Christian and Jewish beliefs of new life and forgiveness.

As I look more closely at the month of April, I notice Patriots Day falls on the third Monday in April and, unless you've lived in New England, you probably know very little about Patriots Day.

Several years ago I lived in Boston and discovered this significant holiday commemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, which began the American Revolution and honors the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."

Now what does all this have to do with Christian and Jewish Holy Days or even April Fool's Day? April is when the weather starts to clear, the rain and the snow diminishes, and the temperatures begin to warm. The result is that new life returns all around us, much like forgiveness brings new life to our souls and Paul Revere brought life to the American Revolution.