REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON , MASSACHUSETTS – A VISIT TO LEXINGTON , MASSACHUSETTS .

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 ?

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