- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The life of American patriot Nathan Hale is being celebrated at New York’s City Hall.

The annual tribute is held every September 22, which is the anniversary of Hale’s death in 1776.

Hale, a teacher, was just 21 that year when he volunteered to be a spy for George Washington’s army.

He was captured by the British and hanged in Manhattan.

Hale, who has become an icon of American liberty, is said to have famously declared that he regretted he had “but one life to give for my country” in his final moments.

A statue of Hale faces City Hall and overlooks the plaza where the event is held.

More than two dozen people took part in the ceremony Tuesday, which features a wreath laying and mayoral proclamation.

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