BETTY ATKINSON: Learning from our history

atkinson,bettyCan you name the world-famous gun control event that occurred in Massachusetts in 1775?

Early on the morning of April 19, 1775, our government sent nearly 1,800 of its own soldiers out of Boston Harbor into the Massachusetts countryside as far as Lexington and Concord. The army of our (then) government went into the countryside and through the towns and villages to seize guns and ammunition that its own citizens had hidden around Concord.

The result was the beginning of the Revolution of the American colonists, a unique American Revolution and “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”. This shot signaled our fight for freedom. We did win our freedom and have been able to hold on to it for 238 years.

America paid a great price for victory and lost many of its citizen-soldiers, civilians and freedom-fighters in the Revolutionary War. Every American is charged to guard that freedom.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution designates February as American History Month. This celebration offers to all Americans a time to take pride in our nation’s achievements, continue to protect our heritage, and remember the importance of freedom, justice, and humanity in our daily lives.

“History is a story written by the hand of God.” –C.S. Lewis


Betty Atkinson is a resident of Houston and periodically submits a column of interest for our readers.