Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Shot Heard Around the World

Today is the anniversary of the "Shot Heard Around the World." Also dubbed "Patriot's Day" - this is the anniversary of when our forefathers fired the first shots of the American Revolution at the Battle of Lexington.

At that time Americans were facing the most important decision of the life of our people - whether to tamely submit to British oppression - or to fight. The Battles of Lexington and Concord put the issue to rest - we would fight.

In the immediate aftermath of the Battle at Lexington, Dr Joseph Warren wrote that “to the persecution and tyranny of [the King’s] cruel ministry we will not tamely submit – appealing to Heaven for justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free."

One can rightfully ask whether such a spirit exists today. Clearly the men and women risking their lives overseas understand that freedom is not free, but what of the rest of us?

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