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Who are the Minutemen?

A Short History of American Heroes

“…let it begin here."

In the decades leading up to the American Revolution, young men from various New England localities were selected out of the regular militia to serve in what today could be called special forces units, dedicated to protecting family, community, and colony. Their constant state of readiness at “a minute’s notice” earned them the title, “Minutemen,” a term now synonymous with patriots willing to fight for freedom.

On an April morning in 1775, all was quiet in the area around Boston, Massachusetts, except for a growing crowd of Minutemen, congregating on suspicion of British troop movements into their area. Revolution was in the air. At dawn on the 19 th, the British redcoats entered the town of Lexington and faced 77 Minutemen on the village green.

Here the Minutemen were instructed not to fire first, but that “if they [the British] mean to have a war, let it begin here.” Begin it did, with a single shot. “The shot heard ‘round the world” was so named because of its incredible impact on world history; the spark that lit the fires of American Revolution.

Minutemen fought valiantly for liberty across New England and, together with the regular Continental Army, brought an end to British tyranny in the Colonies. Their devotion, skill, and readiness proved to be an important chapter in the history of the U.S.A.

In recent times, the legacy of the Minutemen has been honored by Americans who share a concern for homeland defense. During the Cold war, “Minuteman” missiles were deployed to protect U.S. interests on a moment’s notice. And, since the infamous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the term has also been applied to groups of volunteers that seek to protect America’s borders from unwelcome intruders.

 Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Project and MinutemanHQ.com are projects of Declaration Alliance (DA) -- a public policy and issues advocacy organization
that aggressively addresses the intensifying assaults that the American Republic continues to endure at home, and abroad.
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