While I worked on Hanscom AFB, I often joined friends for lunch in Lexington - a town steeped in American history.
Lexington honors the ships named after the town.
USS Lexington (1776), a brigantine
USS Lexington (1825), a sloop-of-war
USS Lexington (1861), a timberclad gunboat
USS Lexington II (SP-705), later USS SP-705, a patrol vessel
USS Lexington (CC-1), a Lexington-class battlecruiser
USS Lexington (CV-2), a Lexington-class aircraft carrier
USS Lexington (CV-16), an Essex-class aircraft carrier
Massachusetts celebrates April 19 as Patriots' Day.
From the History Place (link),
April 18, 1775 - General Gage orders 700 British soldiers to Concord to destroy the colonists' weapons depot.
That night, Paul Revere and William Dawes are sent from Boston to warn colonists. Revere reaches Lexington about midnight and warns Sam Adams and John Hancock who are hiding out there.
At dawn on April 19 about 70 armed Massachusetts militiamen stand face to face on Lexington Green with the British advance guard. An unordered 'shot heard around the world' begins the American Revolution. A volley of British muskets followed by a charge with bayonets leaves eight Americans dead and ten wounded.
Lexington Green is home of Captain John Parker.
One of my friends married in the First Parish overlooking Lexington Green.
Oh, another book store!
What is your favorite book store? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, September 20, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on SOS Aloha on September 21.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City