“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.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today marks the anniversary beginning of the American Revolutionary War. In the early dawn of April 19, 1775, the first shots were fired in Lexington, Massechusettes as the colonial militia confronted British troops that were planning to destroy colonial military supplies. And we’ve been at war for most of subsequent 241 years.
The event was later immortalized by Emerson’s poem. And the phrase ‘shot heard round the world’ was later used to note the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the start of World War I.