I run and train in Boston and Cambridge and have access to some fantastic views and small visual treasures.
James Miller, you may notice, was killed on the day of the battle of Lexington and Concord. The battle was the military start of the Revolutionary War. The British troops (what was supposed to be secretly) planned to capture arms hidden by the militiamen of Concord.
The fabled night rides of Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott alerted the militiamen, ordinary citizens of greater Boston, of the prospective British movement. On the morning of April 19th, the redcoated regulars were met by a force of 500+ minutemen on the Lexington green, and there the first shots were fired. Various engagements and retreats continued into Concord, Somerville, Cambridge and eventually Charlestown and Boston.
This day Massachusetts remembers with Patriots’ Day, celebrated on the third Monday of April. Patriots’ Day is always the day of the Boston Marathon.