Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
Sometime between midnight and one o'clock on the morning of April 19, 1775, Paul Revere arrived in Lexington, bringing word that British troops were on their way. The alarm thus sounded, Lexington's Minute Men assembled on the Green under the command of Captain Parker, whose orders were clear: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here!" Gunfire ensued, and the Revolution had begun.