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The statue at the end is the Concord Minuteman and was posted a couple of days ago. It represents a huge step in US history and this bridge is where it all started. The people wrapped against the cold in the stark landscape are crossing the bridge approaching this hallowed ground.

Symbolically this is also the story of today here in the US. We can see where we came from, we know how we got where we are, but it is a long cold walk from where we currently stand to what we once had now that we have traded everything we have, including our future for profits today.

The North Bridge, often called the Old North Bridge is an historical site in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle day in the Revolutionary War. Here five full companies of Minutemen and five of non-Minuteman militia occupied this hill with groups of other men streaming in, totaling about 400 against the British light infantry companies from the 4th, 10th, and 43rd Regiments of Foot under Captain Laurie, a force totaling about 90-95 men.

The bridge, as well as the revolutionary events that took place around it, are commemorated poetically in Ralph Waldo Emerson's well-known Concord Hymn (1837), the first stanza of which follows:

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world."

The site is now part of the National Park Service. It contains a memorial obelisk, as well as the famous statue by Daniel Chester French of a minuteman. The Old Manse, Ralph Waldo Emerson's ancestral home and later residence of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, is immediately adjacent to the North Bridge.

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