Today is a most solemn occasion of remembrance and gratitude and honor.
Today we dedicate special reflection and as a national community extend a particularly focused thank you to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our republic and safeguard our freedom.
We at ohDEER share here today some history of American martial sacrifice and love of liberty which is rooted in and connected to Wayland, MA – the town where the ohDEER corporate headquarters is located.
This history takes us back to a fight between revolutionary Colonists and British regulars that launched the birth of a nation.
It takes us back to April 19, 1775.
On the morning of that day, British soldiers were marching toward Concord with an end goal in sight of seizing armaments that Colonial militiamen held.
En route to Concord, just after sunrise, the British were intercepted by local militiamen. A skirmish ensued and the first American soldiers fell and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The British continued on to Concord. At Concord, citizen soldiers beat back and forced a retreat of the British at the North Bridge.
More American soldiers fell and gave all at Concord
Lexington and Concord are neighboring communities to Wayland.
Annually in Massachusetts and Maine, on the third Monday of April, the battles are commemorated with a state holiday – Patriots’ Day.
In 1639, Wayland was the first settlement of Sudbury Plantation. In 1780, the settlement became East Sudbury, and in 1835 the area of East Sudbury was incorporated as Wayland.
Men living in the area that is now Wayland fought at Lexington and Concord.
Men living in the area that is now Wayland served in many combat areas, across several of the American colonies, during the Revolutionary War.
Indeed, every year, on Patriot’s Day, the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute, along with the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie, the march of 300 Sudbury men to the battles of Lexington and Concord.
After martialing at the First Parish Meeting House in Wayland Center at 3:45 in the morning, the companies commence their march at 4:00, heading out along Old Sudbury Road.
If you click here you will be taken to a page at the website of Crazy Crow Trading Post where you can learn more about the Sudbury March to Concord, including a timetable of events and places along the route of the march.
Please click video to be taken to a video of the 2008 march.
Important history to know about and on which to reflect.
And we must always remain mindful that, for this nation to remain great and free, we must always remember, and be thankful for, those Americans, across all our military conflicts, who sacrificed – some of whom sacrificed all – has historic so that freedom is safe, so that freedom is preserved.