Lexington police are stepping up security for the annual reenactment of the Battle of Lexington on Monday in light of the Boston Marathon attacks.
“We’d been thinking of improving security for a while; it was long overdue,” Captain Manuel Ferro said Friday. “But after the bombings we knew we had to.”
Officers are asking attendees at the Patriots Day event to put their belongings in clear or mesh bags, and to keep track of their things during Monday’s festivities, which commemorate the opening battle of the Revolutionary War.
“Any unattended items will be seized,” Ferro said. “We’re taking extra precautions.”
Stepladders and ladders, which some families have brought in years past to see over crowds, will not be allowed. Ferro said they are too dangerous.
“There is an inherent danger in leaning a ladder on a tree,” he said. Police will also erect barriers and provide better lighting for early-morning events.
Ferro said the department hopes to keep the event fun, family-friendly, and safe.
The reenactment has taken place on the Lexington Battle Green every Patriots Day since the 1970s, Ferro said.
Members of the Lexington Minute Men Company and his His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot Company are to stage the Revolutionary War battle, which took place on April 19, 1775.
The event starts at 5:30 a.m. and police are expecting a crowd of about 12,000.
“We want to make sure it’s a good day,” Ferro said.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
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