In the love of freedom

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Patriot's Day

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Concord Hym

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

Patriot’s Day
Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts

Lots of history relived today

(And not to mention, a fabulous pancake breakfast!)

**I wrote this post early this afternoon. It is now after 4pm and what started as a beautiful day, has ended in horror as bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Boston today.

26 Comments on “In the love of freedom

  1. Looks like you had a really fun day. They have Civil War re-enactments around here, and I really should go to one soon. Wonderful photos as usual, Susan.

  2. Susan,
    Beautiful post. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all of your fellow Bostonians. What a day! So sad, so frightening! Blessings, Robyn

    • Thank you Robyn. We are fine here in the suburbs of Boston but those poor people in The city…
      I am just horrified and heartbroken.

      • I’m sure! I can’t even imagine. Some friends of ours were there running…Thank God they are safe and one their way home. Hugs to you!

      • So glad your friends are safe! So far everyone I know is safe too. I pray for those others…
        Thanks you for being such a good friend here Robyn. I always appreciate your kind words.

  3. I echo the last lines of your post. I watched the news in horror and disbelief. My heart goes out to all of those innocent people.

    • It’s just horrific. I’m filled with a mix of sadness and anger. This is not the world I grew up in.

  4. Living in the South, I had not heard of Patriot’s Day, but unfortunately, now everyone knows about it for the wrong reason. Glad you had a nice celebration. Lovely photos!

  5. Wonderful photos of a lovely morning, Susan.
    It did indeed end tragically, and I cannot even begin to comprehend.
    I am so glad that you are okay.

    • Thanks Lisa. So many friends at the marathon today, thankfully all were watching from the Wellesley area and not in Boston. Happy to know that your son is ok. I can imagine that he is shaken up…as we all are.

    • I’m thankful that I at least have this because who knows what next year’s Patriot’s Day will look like.

  6. wow, amazing that you chose this on this day … the penultimate photo with those red jackets was particularly stunning and right beneath it, the incredible diptych with the silhouette on the left is utterly breathtaking

    • Thank you Diane. My day could have turned out very different had we decided to go watch the Marathon instead.

  7. Historic re-enactment and pancake breakfast, looks and sounds wonderful! So sad that that day will now also be remembered for more recent events.

    • Yes unfortunately. But we are Boston Strong and we will get through this. You can bet that next year’s festivities will be bigger and better!

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