|Twirling on the square|
They rose as one man to revenge their brethren's
Blood and at the point of the sword to assert &
Defend their native Rights.
They nobly dar'd to be free!!
Two exclamation points!! I'm sure in today's era it would be regarded as overly dramatic, but I believe a lack of passion is the greatest absence from modern politics.
For those of you (much like me) who need a brush-up history lesson, the basic events of the battles at Lexington and Concord began with the British army being ordered to take Colonial militia supplies stored in Concord. Paul Revere and others warned Lexington, on their famous "Midnight Ride," of the upcoming battle the next day. The first shots were fired at dawn on the Lexington Battle Green, and then the battle moved on to Concord, where the Colonial militiamen pushed the British army back to Boston.
On the drive from Lexington to Concord down the Battle Road, there are many historic landmarks. My favorite is the Minute Man National Historical Park, where you can see sites of some of the Midnight Riders' homes, the North Bridge, and the Battle Road Trail. I recommend the quaint Liberty Ride, a guided trolly tour along Battle Road complete with a knowledgeable volunteer dressed in period garb. A piece of history is at your feet, and all around you are lush New England woods. My idea of paradise.
Editor's note: This post is part of Love the Place You Live.