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This is the famous Minuteman Statue in Concord, Massachusetts. It stands on the site near the Old North Bridge made famous during the opening hours of the American Revolution. In April 1775 militia from the area gathered to fight off a raid by the British army. Known as the minutemen, these soldiers stood on guard - ready at a moment's notice to defend liberty.The battle here and in neighboring Lexington contained the famous “shot heard round the world,” and it ignited the American Revolution against Great Britain. We went to New England to learn a lesson.We must be vigilant. We must watch. We must be ready to respond to God and we must be on guard spiritually. Stay tuned to Beyond Today as we examine “The Spirit of Liberty.”[Announcer] Join our host, Darris McNeely on Beyond Today ![Darris] There are moments and events that forever change a people. Such a moment and such an event occurred here in the early morning hours of an April day in 1775 in two places in Massachusetts, the neighboring towns of Lexington and Concord.An army marched, a militia gathered and shots were fired. Death came to these calm and peaceful villages. It is a story told in poem and prose. History tells the story this way.The colonists were tipped that British General Gage was sending troops to Concord. A warning needed to be sounded. Among those chosen to sound an alarm was a silversmith named Paul Revere.The British had two objectives: First, to find and arrest two of the leaders of the growing insurrection who were hiding here in Lexington. Their targets: John Hancock and Sam Adams.