Rediscovering the Revolution - My Family Travels

Imagine standing in the very spot where, over two hundred years ago, men of valor and integrity faced imminent death. Imagine those men, musket to musket, fighting their own countrymen and giving their lives for a single ideal. This summer, my family and I experienced the rich and exciting history of our country’s birth, and felt a deep gratitude for those men who gave their lives so that we might be free.

We arrived in Bedford, New Hampshire, after flying out on Southwest Airlines to visit other towns in the Northeast, such as Manchester, Salem, and Portsmouth. We got situated in our hotel room at the Double Tree, and the next morning, we met our bus to go on a tour of Boston. There we about ten other people on the bus with us, all from various parts of the US, and one man who was visiting from India. Our first stop was the 264 feet tall Bunker Hill Monument, an enormous obelisk exactly like the Washington Monument. We learned that the site’s name is a misnomer, because the troops actually fought on Breed’s Hill, while Bunker Hill is adjacent to it. My sister, father, and I decided to walk all the way up the 295 steps. After stopping about ten times, we finally reached the top, and the view was spectacular! We could see all the way around Boston from out the four windows. Our next stop was the USS Constitution, a frigate built after the Revolutionary War in order to protect the US from pirates. We also stopped at the Trinity Church. The architecture is amazing. Thousands of saints and angels crowd the façade of the building. People were attending Sunday Mass inside, so visitors weren’t allowed in, but the church’s elegant exterior, coupled with its rich history, made for a very satisfying destination. While driving around Boston, we also got to see the everyday side of the city. Hundreds of little alleyways and cobblestone backstreets gave Boston a quaint, homey feeling, even when you were smack dab in the middle of the metropolitan city. One place I would like to have stopped at was the harbor where the Boston Tea Party took place. The strange thing was, we passed it on our tour, but would never have know that the important historical event had taken place there. Our guide explained that the only testament to this act of rebellion taught in every history class across the country is a small, nondescript plaque on the side of a building. Our next stop included a trip to Faneuil Hall, which is the primary tourist destination in all of Boston. We ventured into the second building, which was lined on the inside by more than one hundred individual restaurant stands, selling every kind of food you can imagine. On the outside, vendors were selling souvenir items of all kinds. After experiencing this exciting and rather loud place, our tour took us to the North Church, where Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride. We learned about the church’s history and the two brave men who hung the lanterns in the window, signaling the arrival of the British by sea.

Our trip continued on to the cities of Lexington and Concord, and I experienced so much history and gratitude for those men who gave their lives to defend their freedom. It was truly one of the best trips of my life, and I felt so proud and honored to live in America, the land of freedom and all opportunities.

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