The five of you decided that on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Boston , you’re going to get out of the city .
You’re going to see the place that calls itself ” The City of American Liberty . ”
It’s Lexington , Massachusetts and it was here that the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired on April 19th , 1775 .
When you all were in college , none of you even
thought about going to visit the city .
For one thing , there was never any reason to , and none of you could drive .
Yes , you thought you needed a car to get there .
Now that you’re older , you discover that Lexington isn’t that far away from Boston at all .
The Red Line train takes you to the last stop , Alewife Station , then you take a city bus to Lexington .
As the five of you get off the bus , you all are wondering why you never came here .
This town is one of those pretty , quaint New England towns .
You all walk into the Lexington Visitors Center and notice in a glass case , a diagram of the first battle against the British for the War of Independence .
The lady in the store tells you about the ” Militia Men” .
She also tells you to notice the building next to you , Buckman Tavern .
This was the headquarters of the American militia .
The militia was made up of townspeople , and slaves , fighting for the right to be free from the British .
You all noticed a statue as you got off the bus .
It’s the statue of William Parker , the head of the Citizen Militia in Lexington .
You all see a sign that reads ” Battle Green . ”
The lady at the gift shop told you that Battle Green is a very important spot in American History and that the five of you are standing on it now .
It’s the place where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place .
All five of you thought that you would never have a reason to visit Lexington while you were in college .
It was just another place in your History books .
History didn’t tell us which side fired that first shot ” heard around the world ” but it shows us that history can happen anywhere , not only in big cities.
Who would have thought that this little town , not that far from Boston , would be the birthplace of American Liberty and not somewhere else like Boston , New York City or Philadelphia ?