It's Patriot's Day today. A state holiday. Many, if not all, Massachusetts' public school spring breaks correlate with the holiday. For those of you unaware, Patriot's Day is the day in 1775 (April 19) when Paul Revere and William Dawes rode into Lexington warning the colonials that the Regulars were coming to seize the weaponry stored in Lexington and many nearby communities--specifically a large amount suspected to be hidden in Barrett's barn in Concord. Paul Revere was captured between Lexington and Concord, but Samuel Prescott, who had joined Revere and Dawes after a late evening courting a lady, evaded capture and continued to Concord. At dawn the first real battle of the Revolution played out on Lexington Green. Two forces faced off...700 British regulars against 77 militia minutemen. As the militia were retreating, having made their point of showing patriot resolve, a shot was fired and so began the America Revolution. Later that day the 'shot heard round the world' was fired on the old North Bridge as the British were retreating back to Boston. We're lucky to live just a few miles from the 'battle trail' as they call it, where tri-cornered hats and muskets are commonplace.
They formed up and did a roll call, afterwards firing their muskets (the highlight for Cory). The fifes and drums also demonstrated their talents.