APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men lie dead and wounded on ground as Her Majesty's Army fires their mustkets as re-enactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington common early on the morning of April 19, 1775. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Militia lay dead and wounded on the ground as The King’s Regulars fire their muskets as reenactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington Common.
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A ‘shot heard round the world,’ in a drizzle

We know how this story turns out, but it’s still fun to watch 244 years later. Hundreds of spectators braved a drizzle on Lexington Green on Monday morning to witness the annual Patriots Day reenactment of “the shot heard round the world,’’ the first major conflict of the Revolutionary War. Just after dawn, the British regulars appeared, decked in Lobster red. Rank after rank marched onto the Common. Captain John Parker, who led the colonial militia, bellowed: “Steady, men!” There followed a shot of unknown provenance, followed by a barrage of musket fire that left eight Massachusetts men dead.

APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - A sea of fire as British Revolutionary War re-enactors fire one last round after Battle on Lexington Green. . (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
A sea of fire as British Revolutionary War reenactors fire one last round after the Battle on Lexington Green.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Aidan Davis, 7, of East Long Meadow wears his Tricorn hat as he takes in his first re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington early Monday morning. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Aidan Davis, 7, of East Longmeadow wore his tricorn hat as he took in his first reenactment of the Battle of Lexington.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men line up on the Lexington Green as they wait Her Majesty's Army to arrive. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Militia lined up.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men patrol Lexington's Green in pre-dawn hours. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Minute Men patrolled Lexington's Green.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men come under fire by Her Majesty's Army on Lexington's Battle Green, depicting the skirmish that took place on Lexington common early on the morning of April 19, 1775. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Militia came under fire by The King’s Regulars.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - British soldiers walk past the Lexington dead and wounded. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
British soldiers walked past the Lexington dead and wounded.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Lexington Minute Men face the British soldiers as re-enactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington common early on the morning of April 19, 1775. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Lexington Milita confront The King’s Regulars.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Women tend to the wounded Minute Men on Lexington's Green after skirmish is over. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Women tended to the wounded.
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APRIL 15, 2019 --LEXINGTON, MA - Spectators in gather in pre-dawn to watch Lexington Minute Men and British Revolutionary War re-enactors depict the skirmish that took place on Lexington common early on the morning of April 19, 1775. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
Spectators gathered pre-dawn to watch the Lexington Militia confront The King’s Regulars.
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