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April 19, 2004

229 Years ago this day...

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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 to-day 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.


Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord Hymn, Sung at the Completion of
the Battle Monument, April 19, 1836

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It's sad that so many people now living in this country find this to be an essentially sad event that has made the world a worse place - even if they don't quite realize that's how they view it.

Needless to say, I don't agree.

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Last, but not least - it's the anniversary of Waco and the Oklahoma City Bombing. Truly a mixed day in our history, regardless of what your politics are.