Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Lexington resident Dan Fenn, a member of the town's Minute Man company, discusses the first few hours of the American Revolution, including who really fired the shot heard 'round the world.
Emerson be damned -- Lexington Minute Man Dan Fenn says the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired in his back yard, but not by colonial militia or the British Regulars. The claim came during a Patriots’ Day program titled “What Really Happened That Day,” in which Fenn asked his audience to travel back 237 years, take a few steps outside of the First Parish in Lexington and envision themselves standing on the area now known as the Battle Green. He started with the weather, saying it probably wasn’t quite sweltering like yesterday’s scorcher the morning of April 19, 1775, but the winter had been warm, the grass was high and the dandelions were in bloom. Meanwhile, tensions running high around Boston had Patriots like Paul Revere and the …
Monday, April 2, 2012
In an only-in-Lexington April Fool's Day prank for the ages, inflatable armored forces supplemented colonial firepower at rehearsal for Patriots' Day 2012 on the Battle Green.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
The following recap was provided by Marilyn Rea Beyer. It was a covert operation employing a time-honored military tactic – the element of surprise. On the Battle Green this past Sunday, Lexington Militia Capt. Bill Mix gave orders to Lexington militia man Bruce Leader, and Andrew Coots of Gardner’s Charleston Militia, to commandeer two inflatable rubber Sherman tanks in order to startle and befuddle His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot as a practice battle ensued on Lexington Green on Sunday, April 1. And just as the King’s Troops Commander, Paul O’Shaughnessy blustered and bellowed for the rabble from Lexington to “Lay down your arms and disperse!” the unified local forces shouted a unison rejoinder, “Oh, yeah?” Tom Fortmann, Rick Beyer, …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
As per the usual, the Lexington Minute Men and the William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps opened Lexington’s 2012 annual Town Meeting with “Yankee Doodle” and the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Living in Lexington, it's easy to take some things for granted. And among them are the stellar, situationally appropriate musical stylings of the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps. On Monday, March 26, the Lexington Minute Men led the fife and drum corps into Cary Hall and then the young musicians launched into the "Star Spangled Banner," a prerequisite for one of this country's most basic institutions of democracy: Town Meeting.