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Revere capture reenacted in Lincoln

History buffs both young and old flocked to the Paul Revere Capture Ceremony on April 7 at Minute Man National Historical Park to view the re-enactment of the historic capture of Paul Revere. A crowd of several hundred gathered around the Paul Revere Capture Site as the Lincoln Minute Men, joined by the Acton Minute Men and the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drums, marched in playing the iconic song, Yankee Doodle, from the nearby woods. A small stage was set up for event with the audience spread out on the grass before it. Revelers, made up of families, nearby Hanscom Air Force Base soldiers, and even a handful of dogs, were surrounded on all sides by the various historical groups. Members of the three historical groups varied in age from toddlers to seniors. Steve McCarthy, captain of the 70-person Lincoln Minute Men group, was among the color guard, musket men, fife and drums squad, and Colonials who were all wearing authentic period attire for the event. It's details like these that allow those attending the event to “get some feel for the significance of the place,” McCarthy said. “It's important for people to celebrate and remember what happened in Lincoln in 1775.” Before the reenactment of Paul Revere's capture, Minute Man National Historical Park Superintendent Nancy Wilson took the stage saying she was excited to be a part of this event which will “bring to life again” the capture of Paul Revere, along with the escape of William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, which originally occurred on April 19, 1775. The story was brought to life by a handful of re-enactors portraying the roles of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Revere, William Dawes, Capt. William Smith, Dr. Samuel Prescott and Mary Hartwell. Laughter regularly rang out as the various characters portrayed events from that historic day. Anthony Genatempo, of Hanscom Air Force Base, attended the event with his wife Vanessa and son Rett. He and his family recently moved to the area from Virginia where they regularly attended events honoring American history. “There's just something special about standing in the spot where history took place,” Vanessa Genatempo said. The ceremony ended with a two-volley salute and McCarthy reminding us all to be inspired by the courage and heroism of Lincoln residents.

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