Rooting for the home team in Lexington

People at the annual recreation of the Battle of Lexington Green

Our own Ron Newman got up early this morning to take in the annual Battle of Lexington reenactment.

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darn

i should pay more attention to when this stuff is

also i love that "lets go colonists" sign lol

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5:30am... biked through

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5:30am... biked through around 7 and there were more people around in Lexington and Concord (closer to 8) then I've ever seen there.

I mean, if you're coming from far away for the marathon and you really want to see this stuff... yeah, you'll wake up for it.

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My second, and much more successful, visit to this event

The first time I tried to attend this re-enactment, I found it impossible to see much because other visitors had surrounded the entire Battle Green with ladders and stepstools. It was very frustrating.

After the 2013 Marathon bombing, the town of Lexington prohibited people from bringing these things to the event, which makes it much easier for ordinary people like me to see it. (Even if I owned a ladder, I'm not going to try to carry it 8 miles on my bike.)

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FYI

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"Ordinary People" would DRIVE!

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Wrong

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Most of the ladder bringers walked there from their houses with the ladders on top of wagons. Lots of people bike to this, too - we do. You cannot park near to it.

When I brought my father, who had mobility challenges, people were extremely nice and made space for him to put his chair right up front. They also used to have an area for kids only - but the behavior of people who insisted that their 9 year old could not possibly be without them for a few seconds may have put an end to that (my then 7 and 10 year olds were told to meet us at the statue after and dove into the kid pit).

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Chris Dempsey

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The man on the right with the cowboy hat and D-(fence) sign is Chris Dempsey, the one who led the charge to throw the Boston 2024 proposal into the harbor where it belonged. A true patriot.

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Is that...

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...a barn coat he's wearing?

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