Let’s not forget that 95 American patriots – the first American patriots – gave their lives on this day in 1775 at Lexington and Concord in the first battles of the American Revolution.
When British General Thomas Gage sent a force out of Boston to confiscate weapons stored in Concord and capture patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington, those men stood defiantley on the Lexington Green until – in an instant – the silence was broken by a musket shot from the British line that would forever change the world.
Most of those men could hardly conceive the improbable chain of events that would follow – they just wanted to be free. They believed in the principle of self-governance; that no one should hold power over them without their permission. In standing up for that belief, those men catalyzed an experiment in republican democracy that shattered the long-standing idea of concentrated, inherited political power and recognizes the self-evident rights of man.
That experiment, called The United States of America, continues to this day and so long as it does, will require patriots to represent and defend her. So on this revolutionary anniversary, let us also not forget about our American patriots – of whom we could not be more proud – stationed in this country and around the world today, April 19, 2008.