Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green initiated the fighting, and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire. Many more battles followed, and, finally, in 1783 the colonists formally won their independence.
It is important to remember this first battle of the Revolution, dubbed “The Shot Heard Round the World,” which was essentially a fight over arms. The British government wanted to seize the firearms of the colonists. If British troops could have disarmed the militia, they would have been less of a threat to their control. This Battles are one of the inspirations for the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
It is one of the many seminal moments in American history and foundation of our freedom and liberty which must not be forgotten. The Wilton Republican Town Committee is pleased to wish you, your family, friends and all of Wilton a Happy Patriots’ Day!