Saturday, April 18, 2009
Just after midnight tonight I'll hear a fife and drum corps marching down Main Street to the green in Monument Square, where I live.
Only in Concord, Massachusetts might a parade pass by your home at midnight!
But it's Patriots Day weekend and tonight is the Patriots Ball, an affair that ends with the revelers marching from the armory to First Parish Church (across the street from my church and rectory) where the folks greet "Dr. Samuel Prescott" who arrives to announce that the Regulars (the British) are on the move.
Some claim the cry of the night was, "The Regulars are out!" while others favor, "The Regulars are coming!" But it seems none of the well-informed on this matter credit the good doctor with shouting the more familiar, "The British are coming!"
Michael Ryan tells the story here - not without its romantic element - and it's one worth reading if you want to get the story behind the story.
A fife and drum corps is hardly the stuff of a lullaby, but once they've marched away tonight I hope I'll be fast asleep and ready to rise early for Mass in the morning.
Posted by Austin Fleming at 10:57 AM