scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Lest we forget our past
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM
Wed Apr 19 2000 - 21:30:42 CDT
At 09:29 AM 4/19/00 EDT, Chris Summers wrote:
>This might be useful as we can all use a reminder of where we came from...
>On this date in 1775, an effort by British troops to confiscate the
>arms of patriot militia met with armed resistance in Lexington and
>Concord, Massachusetts, triggering the Revolutionary War.
>And yesterday... On April 18 in 1775, Robert Newman, sexton of Boston's Old
>Church, hung two lanterns in its steeple to signal that British troops
>were crossing the harbor to Charlestown en route to Concord, enabling
>Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert patriot resistance.
>Somewhere from my childhood I remember "Listen my children and you shall
>here, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere." I wonder if they still teach
They do in Boston. It's a state holiday. The Marathon is run (elsewhere
called the Boston Marathon, but in New England it's just called "the
Marathon"), and the Red Sox play at 11 AM.
And if you walk up and down Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington and Concord,
you can see brass plaques noting where various patriots fell firing the
first shots in defense of American freedom, including at the bridge in
Concord where they fired "the shots heard 'round the world."
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