By Tammy Derouin
On this day, April 19, 1775, a shot was fired. A new era of freedom and independence was on the horizon. Although it may not have been known at the time, this day, this event, would forever change the history of the world.
Man's journey out of darkness would begin a new chapter. It had been well over 500 years since the groundwork had been put into motion for future generations to secure the blessings of liberty. In an effort to avoid an English rebellion, King John agreed to a charter of liberties, which we know today as the Magna Carta. Originally signed in 1215, with several revisions taking place over the next several years, the Magna Carta was the corner stone for the English system of common law.
The Magna Carta would inspire future documents of liberty. This would become evident when the colonist declared their independence from the British crown. The legacy would continue as it was also used as a pattern by the founding fathers when drafting the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Without this Great Charter, the idea of living free may have remained a dream. Rights which are granted by man or given on conditions, can be removed by man. Rights which are acknowledged as God-given, can only be removed if we freely give them away.
Tensions were on the rise between the American colonist and the British government. On April 19, 1775, British soldiers began an early morning march to Concord, MA to seize military supplies which had been gathered and stored by the town's patriots. The British were coming.......