Events around Boston made it the center of a rebellion we now celebrate on July 4. The Boston Massacre was followed shortly by the Tea Party in Boston Harbor and then by the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord.
John Adams' wife, Abigail, and son, John Quincy Adams, watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from a hill. Farmers, tradesmen, sailors and all sorts of ordinary citizens of Massachusetts and nearby colonies poured into Boston to challenge the British occupation.
Among them was my late wife's ancestor, George Hewes, a shoemaker angered by a British officer not paying for his boots. He served in both the new navy and militia and became the last veteran of the Tea Party to survive the Revolution.
Out of this beginning, the character of a nation was forming. Rank and titles were not important. Abigail Adams said it for all of us on this 237th anniversary, "the meaning of the Revolution was character alone that mattered." If you believe that, say "Amen."
- John D. Wolf, Valparaiso