Lt. Gen. Talley: Independence Day Commemoration

Historians still debate which side fired the first shot, but within seconds, eight colonists lay dead on Lexington Green.

They called it “The shot heard ’round the world.”

It was the early hours of 19 April, 1775 when Captain John Parker was alerted to mobilize the “minutemen” of Lexington Massachusetts. Seventy seven farmers and laborers faced 700 British Redcoats.

Parker, a Soldier, farmer and woodworker is recalled to have said: “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

And so began the Battle of Lexington, the first battle of the American Revolution – a fight for freedom that would define Captain Parker and his minutemen, and go on to symbolize the patriotism and valor of citizen-Soldiers in communities and across the nation.    more>>

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