Concord-Massachusetts

Bicentennial Beginnings

As part of the inauguration of American’s Bicentennial celebration President Ford visited two Revolutionary War sites in Massachusetts on April 19, 1975.

He first attended the 200th commemorative ceremony for the Minute Men’s battle at the North Bridge in Concord. Afterwards he spoke at a Patriot’s Day ceremony on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in April 1775.

“I thank all of you in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for inaugurating our Bicentennial in such a wonderful way,” President Ford said at Lexington. “We have inherited a great tradition, but it is our job – older and younger people joining together – to see to it that when our ancestors meet here 100 years from now, they can say that what was done here on this date was the kick-off for a new century of unity, and progress, at home as well as abroad.“

Read President Ford’s full remarks delivered at Concord and Lexington.

Image: President Ford delivers remarks in front of the Minute Man Statue on Lexington Green,  Lexington, Massachusetts, 4/19/1975.

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Find Your Eternity in Each Moment by Peter Lee

Friday, Nov. 18
10:02 a.m. A caller from Bedford Street requested a white SUV be checked for suspicious activity. The caller said the SUV is parked in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery everyday for a long period of time across the street from her house. An officer reported the person inside the car likes to read by his family’s cemetery plot.
10:50 a.m. An officer called in a hit and run at Concord Teacakes in Commonwealth Avenue.
11:22 a.m. A caller reported a car has been parked in a one hour only parking zone since August.