April 19th, 2015 is the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord – the first day of the Revolutionary War. Beginning at around 11:00 on the night of the 18th when they heard that the British army was marching on Concord, Massachusetts American farmers, artisans, doctors and merchants left their families and marched to defend their freedom and their rights as citizens against an increasingly oppressive regime. What was the purpose of the British raid on Concord that day? Confiscation of guns and powder owned by the Americans, which the British army’s spies said were stored in Concord. (Americans heard of the plan in advance and removed all military supplies a couple of days prior.) By the end of the day, over 14,000 Americans turned out to fight the most powerful army in the world.
Project Appleseed is commemorating this anniversary with special Appleseed marksmanship/history clinics on the weekend of April 18-19 all over the country. Plans are in the works for special shirts and patches for participants, as well as special marksmanship challenges in the course of fire.
Project Appleseed’s mission is to restore the spirit of active citizen governance that motivated the first Americans to risk their lives and fortunes for liberty. It is totally non-partisan – whatever your political beliefs, we are all better off debating our public affairs actively than abdicating our voices and our power to those who have personal financial interests in influencing our government.
It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate our freedom and reconnecting with the American tradition of marksmanship than installing a sling on a 10/22 and enjoying our shooting sport. I hope you’ll join us on the firing line.
To see if there is an event near you and to register, visit www.appleseedusa.org