Thursday, February 19, 2009

"The Patriot"

The Patriot
Great Road
Bedford, Mass.

This statue, titled The Patriot, represents a Bedford Militia Man carrying the famous Bedford Flag into battle, presumably on 19 April 1775. (The Bedford flag was a battle flag made for the Bedford Militia in the early 18th century). According to popular tradition, the flag was carried by Minute Man Nathaniel Page to the Concord North Bridge where the Bedford Minute Men saw action against British Regulars on that date.

The statue, made by sculptor Bruce Papitto, was commissioned by the Bedford Cultural Council and was erected in the year 2000. It can be found in a park diagonally across from the Bedford Post Office located at 158 Great Road Bedford, Mass.

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