Patriots Day!

Posted: 21/04/2008 in Uncategorized
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From Wikipedia……

Patriots’ Day (sometimes spelled Patriot’s Day or Patriots Day) is a civic holiday in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts[1] and state of Maine[2] (once part of Massachusetts), and a public school observance day in Wisconsin[3]. Traditionally it was designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Since 1969, however, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, MA, (around 6am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA (around 9am).

Patriots day has become somewhat of an unknown holiday of late, officially celebrated in only Massachusetts and here in Maine. The purpose of this holiday is to commemorate the actions of the Minutemen, and the battle that seemed to have gotten our fight for independence off to a rolling, somewhat bumpy start.

I’ve borrowed some material from PBS so you could see what transpired on that day so many years ago, now just a brief shadow in our memories.

April 19: The day that history will know as Patriots Day begins.
Dawes catches up to Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington. Dr. Samuel Prescott joins the two riders on the road to Concord. The pealing of a bell on the green summons Captain John Parker and the local militia.
Two British soldiers surprise Revere, the lead rider. Dawes cuts back toward Lexington and escapes. Prescott jumps his horse over a wall, rides down by a swamp and continues onto Concord. Revere tries to lose his assailants in the woods, but is captured by another half-dozen British soldiers.
Prescott reaches the Hartwell Tavern and Mary Hartwell carries his warning to the nearby Lincoln minute men.
The Town House bell announces Prescott’s arrival in Concord. Meanwhile, the last of the British regulars have finally been ferried across the Charles River from Boston. They begin their march toward Concord.
British General Thomas Gage orders General Earl Percy to lead a thousand-man brigade of reinforcements to Concord; missed messages will delay this group for five hours. In Concord, more of the supply depot is moved out of town, hidden or buried.
An American scout reports that the British are half a mile from Lexington. On Lexington Green, Captain Parker and 77 of his minute men stand in wait.
The British and the rebels face each other across the Green. Parker orders a retreat, but a shot rings out, leading to a full volley from the British. Both sides are engaged as the Colonists flee. Eight Americans are killed and ten wounded.
The British arrive at Concord and begin searching the town for weapons. The minute men watch from positions above the town, aware they are currently outnumbered but gaining troops each moment.
Percy’s British relief force finally sets off, taking the land route.
Spotting smoke in the town, 400 minute men descend from their positions towards town via the North Bridge. Confronting a small group of British soldiers at the bridge, the minute men are fired upon and return fire, killing three British and wounding nine others. Two minute men are killed and four are wounded.
The various British companies regroup in the center of Concord. Tired from having marched through the night, they rest for a couple hours before they begin their journey back to Boston.
Now numbering more than a 1000, the minute men race to meet the British at Meriam’s Corner. There, the Americans open a relentless attack as the British retrace their path towardsLexington and the safety of Boston.
Captain Parker and his Lexington minute men avenge their fallen comrades in a second clash when the British regulars return to their town.
General Percy and the King’s Own 4th Regiment meet the retreating British soldiers and absorb them into their ranks. Percy’s cannons open up on the local buildings, destroying any potential sniper positions.
By the time the British reach Menotomy (now Arlington, Massachusetts), the American ranks have grown to more than 1900 men. The fighting here will claim about half of all the lives lost that day.
Percy’s men finally arrive at Bunker Hill where they are able to rest for the boats that will take them back to Boston. By the day’s end the rebel force has grown to close to 4000.

The following pretty much sums up what the memory has become in this nation today.

By E. James Adkins
Available at;
We don’t celebrate the 19th of April anymore. It was never celebrated in a big monumental way, but we once celebrated that day.
“Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.”
-so wrote Longfellow in his poem that begins:
“Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,”
Revere and others went forth on the night of April 18, 1775 with the alarm, “The redcoats are coming!” They rode all through the night.
“It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.”
“It was two by the village clock
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.”
Why was it so immediately important, on the night of April 18, 1775, for all of the people to know that the “redcoats are coming”?
It was the practice in our colonial period for each village to have a “common” or “village green” that was used for public gatherings. The most significant use of the “common” was as a mustering point and drill field for the village militia, “every able bodied man between the ages of 16 and 60 years.” The militia was trained (as they termed it, “disciplined” and “well regulated”) in the use of arms, here at the village green. The militia provided protection for individuals and property of the village against all threats. A man would spend some time in the “gaol” if he missed a militia call. The militia, each man, was required to keep and bear his own arms. It was common for the militia to maintain a community armory for the storage of shot, powder, flint, additional small arms and any heavy arms that it might afford. Individuals could draw from these supplies as needed, as well as acquiring their own private supplies.
On the night of April 18, 1775, Governor Gage (British Governor of fortress Boston) ordered British “redcoats” to march to the many surrounding villages, to seize and destroy all stores of munitions and to arrest the country leaders, the “arch-conspiritors.”
British Major Pitcairn led the march into the countryside. The prime objective was to still the voice of the people, disarm them and make them more servile. Rebellion must stop, they said.
So, Revere took to horse to give the alarm: “To arms, to arms, the redcoats are coming!”
Early on the morning of the 19th of April, 1775, Major Pitcairn’s “redcoats” arrived at Lexington and met Captain John Parker’s company of colonial militia drawn-up on the meeting house green.
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Hence once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.”
-so wrote Emerson in 1837.
Some colonials were wounded and some were killed. Resistance to the larger British force proved futile. Pitcairn’s return march to Boston became a humiliating rout as our colonial militiamen, Minutemen and individual countrymen harassed the British column from behind stone walls, rocks and trees, every step of the way.
The shot heard round the world, the first shot in our fight for independence from King George’s slavery, was fired to protect and defend the natural right of men to protect themselves, to keep and bear arms for the purpose of preserving liberty. This right to keep and bear arms was codified on the 15th of December 1791 when it became the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
We don’t celebrate the 19th of April anymore. Perhaps we should.
“That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heros dare
To die, and leave their children free.”
-Emerson, 1837
The redcoats are coming!

The preceding was from the Liberty Activists group.

Too bad those we have elected were not required to take a few moments from their wheeling and dealing, and taxing and scheming to pause and reflect on the reason those fallen had willingly done so. We so easily forget that American independence was won against incredibly overwhelming odds, and had it not been for our forefathers pride and determination to be free, we would not exist as a Nation today.

Ah! To remember the past is a delightful thing,
As we honor our past once each spring.

Jeremiah 2:4,5 4Hear the Word of the Lord,O house of Jacob,all you clans of the house of Israel, 5This is what the Lord says, “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless Idols, and became worthless themselves.


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