Can't Keep Me Out Sign

They’ve chained the parking lot at the Minute Man* National Park in Lexington-Concord, MA.

A reader would not be stopped, and writes, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem about the “rude bridge”:

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard ’round the world.”

Yes, that too is shut down… and, thanks to a comment left at, several of us were there today.

We didn’t bring a photographer, and it was raining, but we spent over an hour there, swapping stories and greeting the occasional tourists. You’ll probably get other photos from some of the other people there.

It was a special feeling, to stand on that ‘rude bridge’, imagining the Patriots gathering to stand against British regulars.

The feeling was all the stronger, knowing that our own government — we fought a war, which started right here, to establish that government! — was telling us that we couldn’t visit here because it was necessary to require us to pay a Federal healthcare tax… and was trying to deprive us of our guns besides.

The memory of the British tea tax, and of the British attempts to deprive the colonists of guns, has never been stronger.

And sent along these photos:

Minuteman Park chained parking lot

Concord Bridge

Patriot Monument at Minuteman Park

Monument Plaque at Minuteman Park

Grave of British Soldiers

[*Note- my bad on spelling of park, it’s Minute Man, not Minuteman, which would refer to a person. Corrected now.]


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