Reaching back into the archive ~ While later today we will remember the 150th anniversary of the dedication of Lowell’s Ladd and Whitney Monument, we will also remember that today June 17 is “Bunker Hill Day” ~ Bunker Hill Day marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, also known as the Battle of Breed’s Hill, on June 17 each year. This battle, which occurred in 1775, was part of the Siege of Boston. This siege took place during the American Revolutionary War – also known as the American War of Independence. On the 50th anniversary of the battle – in 1825 – the cornerstone was laid for the iconic monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts. For more on the Battle of Bunker Hill ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bunker_Hill
Bunker Hill Day ~ “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”
From the archives:
MassMoments reminds us that on this day – June 17, 1825 – on the 50th anniversary of the battle the cornerstone was laid for the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Daniel Webster, seen by some as the greatest orator in U.S. history was the master of ceremonies. He exhorted American “to make a thriving democracy and a strong union a living memorial to the men who had died there.”
…in 1825, at the laying of the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument, Daniel Webster addressed a crowd of 100,000, including 190 veterans who had survived the first major battle of the Revolution — an encounter between colonial militiamen and a larger number of better-trained and equipped British Regulars. Eventually the Redcoats prevailed, but half their men were killed or wounded in the process. The militiamen suffered high casualties, too, but they — and people throughout the colonies — took heart from the strong defense they mounted. Fifty years later, “on the ground distinguished by their valor … and the shedding of their blood,” Webster called on Americans to make a thriving democracy and a strong union a living memorial to the men who had died there.
Learn even more from the National Park site here:http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/bhm.htm