The shots heard 'round the world

Today, my kids and I visited the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. There, on April 19, 1775, colonial militiamen fired on British soldiers who’d marched from Boston to seize an arsenal of weapons cached in the town. Earlier in the day, the British soldiers had gunned down colonial militamen in the nearby town of Lexington—but this time, when they opened fire on the colonists (killing two of them), the colonists fired back. Two British soldiers died, and a third was mortally wounded.

Writer Ralph Waldo Emerson called it “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”

But today marked the anniversary of another shot heard ’round the world…one certainly as impactful and probably more infamous:

At Concord: Two colonial militiamen and two British soldiers.

In Hiroshima: 80,000 civilians—and that was just when The Bomb went off. Some estimates put the death toll as high as 140,000 after the long-term effects kicked in.

The two events made for a curious—and surprisingly poignant—juxtaposition.

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