I am unendingly FASCINATED by the incredible courage shown on Lexington Green that morning.
Imagine it ... Word had arrived during the night that the British Army was headed to Concord, and they would have to pass through your town.
But instead of running away, or sitting by the window to watch the Regulars pass through, these farmers and shopkeepers and old men grabbed their muskets and gathered on the town common. The most powerful army in the world was approaching, yet this band of civilians went out to stop them.
Suicide! Everybody on Lexington Green that morning MUST have known it was sheer suicide to challenge the king’s Regulars! Yet still they went and stood there in the dark, waiting.
Citizens DARING their own army to fire on them! An OPEN ACT OF REBELLION in defiance of the king! Where did they find the courage to even set foot on that grass?
Today, we are once again insulted by our government and we’re again being taxed into poverty by people who do not represent our interests and don’t care think.
Yet would any of us today have the nerve to face certain suicide to restore their freedom? Would you be able to stand there on Lexington Green, awaiting the dawn, listening for the sound of British boots approaching?
I’m not sure we still have that iron in our spines.
Great post. Great questions.