The AZGFD Invites Recreational Shooters to Gather Socially April 21 to Celebrate the Birth of Our Nation
PHOENIX — April 19, 1775.
At 7:30 a.m., the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” was fired on the village green in Lexington, Mass., between the colonial militia and British army, regarded historically as the start of the American Revolutionary War.
On Wednesday – 243 years later – recreational shooters of all skill levels are invited to gather socially at the Small Bore Range of the world-class Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix to commemorate that historic moment, while enjoying a fun shooting event.
Schedule of events:
• 6 a.m.: Gates open (parking is free).
• 8 a.m.: Vendor area is open for public.
• 9 a.m.: Color guard presents colors at the Small Bore Range for the playing of the national anthem. Event Host, will provide opening remarks, along with distinguished guests.
• 9:15 a.m.: Participants assemble on the firing line of the small bore range and main range. Targets commemorating the event will be pre-set for the first line. Download additional commemorative targets at www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com
• 9:30 a.m.: Firing will commence to commemorate the first shot of the American Revolutionary War. Additional participants will be cycled through in the course of https://www.facebook.com/Shot-Heard-Round-the-World-Day-1673030776293530/Participants are encouraged to save time and register in advance on the event’s Facebook page. First-time shooters also are urged to watch AZGFD’s shooting safety video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6Zn13MBqI) before attending the event.
Interested recreational shooting organizations, retailers, and manufacturers can register for booth space by contacting Kathrine Watson at: KWatson@azgfd.gov.
The event, being promoted at public shooting ranges across the nation, also will provide an opportunity to increase participation and boost the economic benefits that shooting sports provide. As recreational shooters visit BASF from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., they will be connected to recreational shooting organizations setting up displays in the area adjacent to the range.
For more information about “Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day,” visit www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com.
Battle Breaks Out At Lexington
Meanwhile, after the British forces waited two hours for additional supplies at their ships, the British continued on their journey to Concord. At the town of Menotomy, Smith decided to send an advance force commanded by Major John Pitcairn to gain control of the bridges at Concord. Pitcairn was given six companies of light infantry while Smith sent a soldier to request reinforcements from Boston. Soon, Pitcairn’s troops would arrive in Lexington and meet up with the first wave of colonial minutemen.
Following Revere’s warning to the Patriots, Captain John Parker began assembling minutemen to meet the British. After rousing approximately 137 men, they waited for the British to arrive. However, because it had taken the British two hours to receive supplies earlier in the evening, the minutemen were way ahead of schedule. Parker requested that the minutemen retire to nearby taverns until further notice while sending a few scouts from Lexington to approximate the arrival of the British. Many of these scouts were not seen again due to British arrest. One scout, Thaddeus Bowman, did return; he had narrowly escaped arrest by British soldiers and Pitcairn’s advance troop was only half a mile behind him. Captain Parker hastily assembled his minutemen again. When Pitcairn’s forces and Parker’s minutemen met, there were 77 minutemen prepared to fight nearly 250 British soldiers. A shot was fired; although it’s not clear which side fired first. More shots ensued. After the fight came to a close, eight Americans were dead and ten were wounded. This is in comparison to one wounded British soldier and several bullet wounds in Pitcairn’s horse.