Quincy Vies for ‘Most Patriotic City in America’ Title

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Democrats, Republicans unite to support Quincy “Most Patriotic City in America” resolution.

Local Democrat and Republican leaders have united in bipartisan support for a bill before the Massachusetts state legislature proclaiming historic Quincy “the Most Patriotic City in America.”

“All Quincy residents are proud of our community’s unique and powerful contributions to American history and to the spread of representative government around the globe,” Quincy Democrat City Committee chair Alicia Gardner and Quincy Republican City Committee chair John Iredale said today in a joint statement on the eve of Memorial Day weekend.

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The resolution before the Massachusetts General Court (Bill No. H3128) memorializes Congress of the United States to declare Quincy the Most Patriotic City in America. It was written by Quincy Republican, journalist and consultant Kerry J. Byrne and filed at the State House by Democrat State Rep. Bruce Ayers (1st Norfolk District).

The proclamation cites Quincy’s incomparable list of contributions to American history and to the defense of American ideals around the world. Among them:

Quincy is the birthplace of two Founding Fathers and two signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the only city in America that is the birthplace of two presidents.

John and John Quincy Adams are buried today in the majestic Greek Revival masterpiece United First Parish Church (The Church of the Presidents) in Quincy Center, beside First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams. Visitors can touch their four granite tombs, draped in period American flags.

The presidents are buried just one block from the Quincy birthplace of John Hancock, the famed patriot and president of the second Continental Congress that announced the Declaration of Independence. Hancock funded the early days of the American Revolution and his signature stands today as a global symbol of defiance against tyranny.

Sixty-nine local veterans of the American Revolution rest today in 376-year-old Hancock Cemetery in Quincy Center, across from the Church of the Presidents.

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Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, Massachusetts.

John Adams penned the Massachusetts Constitution, the world’s oldest and inspiration for the U.S. Constitution, in his Quincy home which still stands today and is also the birthplace of his son and president John Quincy Adams.

Quincy is home of 109 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, seven National Historic Landmarks, the Adams National Historical Park, and the nation’s first presidential library, the Stone Library.

The resolution also outlines how Quincy helped defend its revolutionary ideals when threatened by tyranny in the 20th century: two North Quincy High School marines (Everett Pope, William Caddy) received the Medal of Honor for their bravery in World War II, while Quincy airman Charles Sweeney piloted the atomic bomb mission that delivered final victory to the Allies and ended humanity’s deadliest war.

“Two boys from Quincy, John Adams and John Hancock, inspired Americans to revolt against the British crown. Another boy from Quincy ended World War II,” said Ayers.

The waterfront community’s industrial might produced hundreds of America’s most powerful warships. The battleship USS Nevada (BB36) fought at both Pearl Harbor and at the D-Day invasion of Normandy, while two victorious Quincy-built World War II vessels are still afloat today and designated National Historic Landmarks: battleship USS Massachusetts (BB59) and USS Lexington (CV16), the world’s oldest aircraft carrier.

Quincy's Flag Day Parade celebration.
Quincy’s Flag Day Parade celebration.

Quincy celebrates its patriotic legacy in many ways, including the nation’s oldest Flag Day parade, a red-white-and-blue family spectacle held each year since 1952.

The city’s 65th annual Flag Day parade takes place on Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m., followed by a patriotic fireworks display at Pageant Field overlooking scenic Black’s Creek at the southern end of Wollaston Beach.

The patriotic Quincy resolution recently received a unanimous vote of support from both Democrat and Republican members of the Quincy City Council.