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Minutemen Re-enactment And Line Of March Dedication, Sunday In Tewksbury

Apr 17, 2016 10:08AM ● By Bill Gilman

Armed militia will be converging on the center of Tewksbury today, but there is nothing to fear. It's all part of a new Patriots' Day Celebration, sponsored by the Tewksbury Historical Society.

Over the past few weeks, the Historical Society has been installing nine granite markers along a two-mile path from the center of Tewksbury to the Billerica town line. The "Line of March" represents a portion of  the route 97 minutemen took from Tewksbury to fight in the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.

Historical Society officials are hoping the route is used as a walking trail and a tool to learn about the Revolutionary War and the involvement of Tewksbury residents. The society raised more than $7,000 to install the markers and is looking to raise an additional $6,000-$7000 to install informational plaques at each marker.

Today, the trail will be dedicated and the Tewksbury minutemen remembered with a ceremony and re-enactment, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Tewksbury Town Center with the arrival of the Alarm Rider. The alarm will be sounded and militia will converge from the four corners of Tewksbury to muster on the Town Common.

From there, the minutemen will march to the Town Library for a dedication ceremony. The public is invited to join in the march.

Patriot's Day Re-enactment & Line of March Dedication
Sunday, April 17, 2016

  • 1:30pm: Town Common – Alarm Rider arrives
  • 1:35pm: Alarm is sounded
  • 1:45pm: Various militiamen arrive from North, South, East, and West corners of Tewksbury and they muster on Common near the Congregational Church.
  • 1:50pm: Two companies of Southeast Tewksbury Militia and one West Minutemen company of Tewksbury march to Concord (aka Tewksbury Library), via East Street & Lee Street (with police escort). Townspeople may join in after the militias leave if they so please.
  • 2:05pm: Arrival at Library for Dedication, 21 Gun Salute, and a brief talk on the historical importance of this event to Tewksbury history.
  • 2:15pm: Coffee & donuts social outside of Library
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