Seeing Old North Church at 193 Salem Street in the north end of Boston was on our list of sites to see when we cheered on our friend running the Boston Marathon. Known as the church where Paul Revere issued his now-famous phrase “One if by land, two if by sea,” this house of worship has become not only a religious icon but a historical one as well.
Pristine white walls and original wooden pews arranged in box formation represent fine early American architecture and a quiet spot for contemplation even as hundreds of tourists and worshipers move through the sanctuary reading the name plates and examining the arched windows, needlepoint kneeling benches, and plaques bearing names of forefathers.
But in 1975, an addition to the church in the form of a lantern became a sign of hope known as the Third Lantern. The inscription on the plaque nearby reads as follows:
The Third Lantern
On the two-hundredth anniversary of the hanging of the two signal lanterns, April 18th, 1975, President Gerald Ford dedicated the Third Lantern. Meant to inspire hope as the United States entered its third century, it remains lit today as a symbol for continued peace and prosperity.
The Third Lantern hangs in the Newman Window at the end of the right aisle.
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