Sunday, January 6, 2013

"I am too old to run."

What happens when you're too old to run? You stand your ground and keep shooting.

The memorial pictured below at 181 Washington Street in Somerville MA, just down the hill from America's First Flag, serves as a reminder of the great courage that built this country:






It reads:
ON THIS HILLSIDE
JAMES MILLER, MINUTE MAN
AGED 65
WAS SLAIN BY THE BRITISH
APRIL 19, 1775
. . .
"I AM TOO OLD TO RUN"


This Brief History of Somerville recounts:

...A little beyond, on the side of a hill, James Miller and another Minute Man were firing on the British from behind a stone wall when they were suddenly cut off and fired upon by a flanking party of the enemy. Miller, when urged to escape, made the heroic reply, "I am too old to run," and continued firing at the approaching foe until he fell, pierced by thirteen bullets."


Ironically (or perhaps not), on that hillside today stands a funeral home. Here is the memorial in today's context, January 5, 2012.






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