Battles of Lexington and Concord 2018
Battles of Lexington and Concord | April 14th, 2018
Massachusetts is known as one of the most historic destinations in the nation. One of its biggest claims to fame being the location of the Revolutionary War, fought from Virginia to upstate NY to Pennsylvania to New Hampshire. The 13 original colonies took part in the battles , this year being the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Many define this war as what determined the spirit of the American people by not backing down and seeking independence. Because of this, people come from all over the world to see the modern day reenactments of the battles take place on the same soil as the original patriots.
Wearing period clothing, muskets in hand and a wealth of knowledge, Hannes Klein and hundreds of other participates work to keep history relevant by reenacting these events.
Klein’s participation is slightly unconventional from his counterparts. Being born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, he found his love of the reenactments through his 14-year-old son, Gavin, who’s a real “history buff.” Starting three years ago, the father-son duo have been staples for the Lincoln Minuteman Companies reenactments, Klein even garnering the honor of Sergeant Major, a voted position which is second in command.
Klein, who is an energy conservation engineer, sees these reenactments as ways of re-living historical events, such as these battles, which to him are extremely valuable learning lessons to everyone, no matter the age or where they are from saying, “We learn from history, and if we don’t we get nowhere. It’s that simple. And it just seems to keep happening that certain historical events just keep regurgitating itself.” Klein believes many of the movements that are in public view today are repeating itself going on to say, “We didn’t get the message a thousand years ago, we still don’t get the message. How about we change the message.” Through these reenactments Klein hopes to help spur on the change he wants to see in people by reliving the past to make a better future.