On this day 242 years ago, the American Revolution began. On April 19, 1775, 700 British troops descended on the town of Lexington, Massachusetts. They were greeted by 77 armed minutemen under the command of Captain John Parker. What happened next would change the course of human history. It is not known which side fired first, but the resulting actions would change the world forever.
The days ahead would be filled with defeat, discouragement, and harsh sufferings of every kind. The Revolution would be filled with heroes, but none would become more important to the cause, nor would any become more utterly devoted to the cause than George Washington. The quote, "Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages belongs to Washington. He lived those words, and because he lived out what he professed to believe, America was born.
We must never take for granted how lucky we are that such men lived.