Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Concord, Patriots, And The Blessings Of Freedom

Today I stood in a long line to vote. There were actually a couple of lines. It took at least half an hour for the privilege to cast my vote. As I stood there, I thought about standing on the Old North Bridge in Concord Massachusetts last week. When we arrived in Concord, one of the first things we did was to go to the Old North Bridge. I have always loved the study of American History. I never tire of learning about those who were responsible for those freedoms I enjoy today. By the time I got to the bridge, I could only cry.
The bridge has actually been rebuilt six times I think.
This is a statue of a minuteman near the bridge. The British marched on Concord the morning of April 19, 1775 to dispose of stockpiled ammunition they had heard about in the center of Concord. The Inn we stayed at posted an information sheet in their booklet which said that some of the munitions were actually stored in the building we stayed in, in the center part of the building which is where we stayed.
 The part of the building we stayed in was built in 1716.
 It was as old and as New England as you get. 
It was great.
 There is a lovely, long path leading up to the bridge.
 The British marched to the far side of this bridge in the picture along that path and the minutemen were on the other side with orders not to fire unless fired upon first. When they were fired on by the British, they were ordered to fight back and that is referred to as the "shot heard round the world." What is known as the Revolutionary War which would last another eight years began there. This place is deeply significant.
Jim is standing where the Minutemen would have
 marched from towards the bridge.
 The battle moved on from Concord to Lexington a few miles away. 
This is the Hartwell Tavern where part of the battle was fought
 right  in their front yard. There were causalities here.
Concord and Lexington are really beautiful. 
They are so rich in history. 
The battle continued on this road.
There is a monument in Concord honoring those courageous men
 who fought for my right to vote today.
 This is an amazing cemetery in the heart of Concord
 with people who lived and died during that era.

They were faithful, deeply religious men and women
who understood what freedom meant.
 Louisa May Alcott lived in Concord. 
She wrote Little Women in this house. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and
Henry David Thoreau also lived in Concord.
 This is the Old Manse, a house right next to the Old North Bridge.
 Hawthorne lived here for a time. 
It is said that there were people in this home looking out on the battle that occurred that day.
 One of the lanterns Paul Revere used on his ride to warn the townspeople along the route from Boston to Concord that the British Regulars were coming is housed in the Concord Museum. This statue of Paul Revere is along the Freedom Trail in Boston. My good friend from high school met us in Boston and walked most of the trail with us.
 This is the Old North Church in Boston where Revere's lanterns (two of them) hung for less than a minute to warn people that the British regulars were advancing "by sea", actually by route of the Charles River, instead of one lantern which would have signified movement "by land."

Today, I hung out the American Flag which I love to do.
 And I voted because it is my duty and my privilege thanks to so many who gave me that right.
I remember....and I am so grateful....

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