Thursday, April 19, 2018
It's Not Just What And When, It's Why
Today is Patriot's Day 2018.
Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837
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 today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
But it is not just what they did, it's why. The British marched up from Boston to seize the military stores the rebels had at Concord. The rebels knew if they allowed themselves to be disarmed, any hope of resisting the government was lost. That was the deciding factor. It was stand and fight or be disarmed.