an Ordinary day
19 April, 1775
The British soldiers marched into Concord early on the morning
of 18 April, 1775
to capture the weapons and munitions that the colonials
had moved there from other places
upon hearing word that the British would be raiding
but the Colonial militia held them off
in the first battle of the American Revolution at Lexington.
The British were not able to capture any munitions
that early morning
and began their slow march back toward Boston.
Where upon minute men hidden in wood and field
began harassing and shooting at the redcoats.
All afternoon the shots were heard as the redcoats marched back to Boston.
and thus what became known as
the American Revolution
The American minutemen were called that because they could be ready
to fight at a minutes notice.
Every April, around the 19th, Massachusetts celebrates Patriot's Day.
In Concord/Lexington, at the Minuteman National Park,
the biggest re-enactment of the year is held.
This is where I took these pictures a few days ago.
I am always amazed at how these people must have just woken one very ordinary
morning to the sound of gunfire in the common.
They had no idea that this particular ordinary day
was about to become so historically extraordinary.