Elections have consequences. Through a crisp and heavy April night and into the early dawn, men from the surrounding communities descended upon Lexington green and Concord bridge to risk their very lives for their, and eventually our, liberty. They “fired the shot heard round the world” and several gave their tomorrow for our today. We must NOT let those liberties be taken from us. They and others like them down to today have fought, and bled, and died so that we might enjoy our God-given rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Others will comment more eloquently than I about Patriot’s Day. I will only add to the warning that we are fast approaching the same situation as these brave Patriots faced: An aristocracy intending to crush our liberty under an iron heel of oppressive taxation and onerous laws and regulation. Remember November. I’ll simply leave you all with this, which used to be required reading in our schools.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those spirits dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.