Honoring April 19th 1775
On April 17-18, 2010, over three thousand--and possibly as many as five thousand--Americans will gather with their families and friends and to learn about, remember, and honor the men and women who birthed a nation on April 19, 1775. On this weekend, we will meet throughout our great land, from coast-to-coast to learn the American tradition of rifle marksmanship and hear the Story of April 19th, 1775--the one you never heard in school, the historically-true one. And, you are in for a treat. A reawakening of something you might not know you had. A kinship, a spirit, a new feeling--not only about your fellow Americans, your past, your heritage--but about our future.
On the weekend of April 17th, we will gather at over a hundred locations. Will you be there? More importantly, will your children be there? Will your best friend stand beside you... participating in the single largest nationwide coast-to-coast Heritage event our nation has ever seen? Will you stand with your fellow Americans in over 40 states around this great nation and dedicate yourself to restoring our nation’s Heritage and passing it on to future generations?
As a nation, we no longer remember how and why our country was founded. Some would say America began on the day our Declaration of Independence was signed. Some would say America began on the day our Constitution was ratified. Those who have attended an Appleseed Project event know free America was born on April 19, 1775. On that day, British colonists became Americans for the first time. On that day, a nation was born through the efforts of a bunch of Americans much like us.
We honor their sacrifices by remembering why they chose to stand when and where they did, what they risked, and the prices they each paid for us - their progeny. If you already know of the heroism of Paul Revere, Captain John Parker, and Captain Isaac Davis bring a cousin, neighbor, co-worker or friend who needs to hear about April 19th. Bring them with you to this event.
As a nation, we need to remember the importance of the American tradition of rifle marksmanship and its fundamental contribution to our freedom. We forget how this American traditional skill was critical to our success on that first day of our fight for liberty. Our rifle-owning forefathers continually practiced with friends and family until capable of hitting a small water bucket at 250 paces using a flintlock with antique sights. More importantly, they passed those skills on to their children. Are you able to at least match your great grandfather using modern equipment? Can you consistently hit targets out to 500 yards with nothing but a rack grade rifle and sling? Do you have a spouse, grandson, or co-worker who might appreciate this program? Bring them with you to this Appleseed event. Help pass this tradition on to a new generation.
- To remember is to honor.
- To experience is to live history.
- To awaken into our past is to step into our future.
Please join us on April 17-18 in one of our "April 19th, 1775" Appleseeds. To remember. To honor. To learn.