As a parent who homeschooled his youngest child I was involved in teaching our American Heritage to him. What I found in the way of reference material was usually dry, uninteresting, and just plain boring. Why is it that history, especially American History, has to be this way? When history is dry, it dies.
And then I went to my first Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic. I went for the simple reason that I wanted to sharpen my marksmanship skills. While I did read on their website that they also taught a story called the Three Strikes of the Match, I really wasn't very interested in that part of Appleseed.
During the first morning of the two day event we were taught excellent ways of improving our marksmanship. I learned about things I'd never even heard of, such as Natural Point of Aim, how to build a stable shooting platform using a sling, and many other immediately-useful and effective Rifleman's skills. Needless to say I was very impressed, especially since I thought I was already a hot shot shooter. How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?
Then we broke for lunch. As we gathered in a circle under a shade tree one of the instructors stepped forth and began the story of the Three Strikes of the Match. A story about the day the Shot was Heard around
the World. April 19, 1775. Lexington and Concord. What a passionate, inspiring, and touching story is was too! Gone was the boredom of American History! This story stirred feelings of just what it is to be an American, the toils and troubles our forefathers went through to give us freedom, and the ultimate price many paid to insure our posterity. As during the marksmanship phase I wondered again “How was it that I was never taught these things during the course of my life?”
Why was I told that Paul Revere rode the countryside calling out “The British are Coming!” We were all British at that time. That would have made as much sense as yelling “The Americans are coming.” Why wasn't I told about the role marksmanship played on that day, the day a bunch of farmers and shopkeepers, civilians all, took on, and vanquished, the strongest, best-trained military in the world?
I would urge you to bring your family and friends out to an Appleseed, to hear about the true story of what happened that day. And also learn a bit about marksmanship. You'll become a better American, and a better marksman, in the process.
The events are free for those under 21, women, and active duty military and law enforcement.
There is a small registration fee, $10 for women and $5 for kids under 21. Some of the ranges do charge a fee for the use of the property however that is not standard across each location. There are Appleseed events scheduled all across the United States.
<http://everydayeducator.com/click.html?x=a62b&lc=BthJI&mc=BX&s=IXgSs&y=O&> . If you go to the schedule for a particular state and find an event please click on 'Information' in order to obtain the details.
If you are unable to attend an Appleseed the volunteers also have something called a Library Seed.
This is where a volunteer will work with homeschool groups to schedule a event to tell the story of the Three Strikes of the Match.
Project Appleseed: A Different Classroom
The Appleseed Project was founded by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which is "committed to renewing civic virtue - prioritizing civic responsibility over personal interests and indulgence. We are wholly comprised of volunteers who commit time, resources and passion toward achieving the RWVA mission. As a 501(c)3 organization, we promote civic responsibility through the teaching of colonial history and the American tradition of rifle marksmanship in a safe, non-partisan environment."
Ramseur, NC 27316