Off to Lexington and Concord

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Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts

British Advance

Minuteman Charge

 

 

CONCORD HYMN

        Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Sung at the completion of the Concord Monument on July 4, 1837

                                                               in honor of the first Revolutionary War battle against the British, 19 April 1775)

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.

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Just in case the Power Point for OFF TO LEXINGTON AND CONCORD won’t launch…….here’s the Jing version

National Park Service

Old 100th Tune

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Videos on Memorial Day

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Cape Cod Cares for the Troops

May Day

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May 1st, May Day, has a long tradition.  In the Middle Ages every English village had its Maypole. The bringing in of the Maypole from the woods was a great occasion and was accompanied by rejoicing and merrymaking. The Maypoles were of all sizes and one village would compete with another to show who could produce the tallest Maypole. Maypoles were usually set up for the day in small towns, but in London and the larger towns they were erected permanently.

The earliest  Maypole in America dates to 1628 while William Bradford was governor of Plymouth.  A number of indentured servants broke free to create their own colony, setting up a Maypole in the center of the settlement, and behaving in such a way as to receive the scorn and disapproval of the nearby colonies.  This early colony of Merrymount was founded by Thomas Morton.

Maypole Dances are still common today in England and America.  Children hold colorful ribbons attached to a tall pole and weave in and under each other to festivally wrap the pole.

Modern Maypole in Pennsylvania

Trivia:  Which group of people in colonial days frowned on the celebration of the May Pole and forbade the celebration of this holiday so common in England?

May Day History

Battle of the Wilderness

Robert LaSalle claimed the Ohio River Valley for France in 1669.

In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched a serious expedition to the Ohio River in hopes of uniting French Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers

In 1753 the French built Fort Duquesne at the Forks (where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet to form the Ohio River).

Virginia takes notice and sends George Washington to make the French leave……

Vernal Pools

 

Massachusetts Audubon site

VIDEOS

And a bonus Robert Frost poem……

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”