Our own Ron Newman got up early this morning to take in the annual Battle of Lexington reenactment.
Paula Tennyson watched police and cadets assemble for Marathon duty near Mass. Ave. around 8:30 a.m.
Brendan M. watched the Marathon at Ashland State Park this morning.
Gary Waldeck spotted Paul galloping through Charlestown this morning.
J.L. Bell recounts the tale of the Wrentham Minutemen. Oh, they saw plenty of action - at local taverns - before finally marching up to West Roxbury, where they found a tory and took him to a patriot tavern at Centre and Allandale to figure out what to do with him (and then Bell leaves us hanging for tomorrow's account).
"Fan behavior could not have been better," Boston Police report.
Matthew Calvin watched the runners come pass Mile 23 in Washington Square.
Jean Nagy captured the Richard family with Tatyana McFadden, the winner of the Marathon women's wheelchair race.
J.L. Bell brings us an account of the fighting at the Old North Bridge by Amos Baker of Lincoln:
There were two British soldiers killed at the bridge. I saw them when I went over the bridge, lying close together, side by side, dead.
Joshua Brooks, of Lincoln, was at the bridge and was struck with a ball that cut through his hat, and drew blood on his forehead, and it looked as if it was cut with a knife; and we concluded they were firing jackknives.
Actually happened in Arlington, WGBH reminds us.
Patty Neal reports these Minutemen were having trouble finding a cab today.
In 1939, three years after he had bested local favorite Johnny Kelly - barefoot, and with a burst of speed at the top of what is now Heartbreak Hill - Ellison "Tarzan" Jones won his second Boston Marathon.
Paul Revere gets all the glory, but William Dawes also rode into the countryside that fateful April night to warn the colonists that the Redcoats were coming.
This morning, the National Lancers re-created Dawes' ride from the First Church in Roxbury in Eliot Square.
Reading a poem about Dawes on the front steps of the church:
J.L. Bell fires grapeshot at the notion that the Battle of Lexington supposedly started with a verbal volley in which a Redcoat commander demanded the Minutemen put down their arms in the name of George III, the sovereign king of England and a minster retorted that "We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus."
Besides the fact that none of the dozens of participants in the battle who wrote down their recollections of it ever mentioned the alleged exchange, the minister who allegedly made the retort wasn't even on the Lexington Common that morning.
Boston officials today outlined some of their security measures for the April 21 Marathon that include road closings, more cameras and police and more cots and emergency personnel for the larger number of runners expected.
"Our goal is to make it a safe family day," Police Commissioner William Evans said. "I'm very confident we're going to have a great day."
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