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What is one of the oldest war memorials in the United States of America?

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The American Revolutionary War played a critical role in helping unite the original fourteen settlements to found a new country. The first skirmish with Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War was at the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775 where local colonists faced British Regulars. The remains of the eight fallen were moved in 1835 from their common grave in the Old Burying Ground and reinterred within the railing in front a monument erected at the Lexington Battle Green. This is one of America's first monument of the Revolution and is also one of their country's oldest war memorial and public monument: a pyramidal column erected on 4 July 1799 by the inhabitants of Lexington to the memory of the Minutemen and "Fellow Citizens … Who fell on this field, the first Victims to the Sword of British Tyranny & Oppression". Since then, there have been more than two hundred memorials and monuments erected throughout the U.S. honouring those who fought in the Revolutionary War.

On this day, 4 July 2021, we mark the 223rd anniversary of the erection of one of America's earliest war memorial in Lexington, Massachusetts.

André M. Levesque

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