Standing at the Old North Bridge historical site is the gallant statue of the minute man, which pays respect to the many strong and valiant minuteman who fought during the Revolutionary War. He stands on a white marble pedestal as he holds a musket in his right hand and stares bravely into the eyes of oncoming enemies. The rich, abundant sunlight further highlights the heroic appearance of the minute man and basks the park in a peaceful, calm energy- unlike the fateful day of April 19th, 1775 when the "shot heard round the world" was first fired on the fields of Concord. In front of the statue, a small family sits underneath the trees as they relax in the shade and gaze at the statue before them, no doubt reflecting upon the efforts of the minute man and the risks they took to defend our country's freedom.
The minute man statue, sculpted by Daniel Chester French (the same French who designed the Lincoln Memorial) in 1915, is officially titled the “Concord Minute Man of 1775” and commemorates the strong and valiant minutemen soldiers who fought in the revolutionary war. The term “Minute Men” refers to an eager group of volunteer soldiers who provided high support to the military and would instantly be ready for duty "at a minute's warning". Underneath the statue, there is a small inscription written that was taken from Ralph Waldo Emmerson's Concord Hymn and reads:
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here, once, the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard 'round the world."
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016, and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.