Today marks the 247th anniversary of the famous Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
As Longfellow's classic poem goes...
...One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm...
Several years ago, our family took a trip to the Northeast during which we were able to visit the Old North Church in Boston, the very site where Paul Revere's famous two lanterns appeared as warning.
This special moment in history continues to be shared because of this kind of all-encompassing bravery and passion for one's cause. The sacrifice and dedication that was required to earn independence is a remarkable part of our country's history.
Just recently, I was at a lecture where a gentleman spoke of his mother working as a code-breaker during WWII; as war raged, it was often those women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to decode important messages. They faced possible failure, but managed to forge onward.
We see this same kind of bravery happening all over the world; in Ukraine right now, stories of bravery are at the forefront. As families evacuate a war zone, fathers, sons, husbands and brothers are staying behind in order to protect their homeland.
If, in the spirit of today, you are interested in an excellent literary example of bravery, I highly recommend the Maggie Hope series, by Susan Elia MacNeal. Though fictional, it depicts the frightening realities of war, and those who face them bravely.
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