On April 16 and 17, FMA hosted its annual Patriots’ Day Celebration, honoring the men of Lexington and Concord in 1775, as well as others who have courageously participated in furthering individual freedom.
People began trickling in a couple of days before the event, and by Saturday afternoon, 
On April 16 and 17, FMA hosted its annual Patriots’ Day Celebration, honoring the men of Lexington and Concord in 1775, as well as others who have courageously participated in furthering individual freedom.
People began trickling in a couple of days before the event, and by Saturday afternoon, 
April 16 , around forty people, including students and staff, had gathered. Around 3:00 p.m., Mr. Kevin told the story of the battles of Lexington and Concord, and then everyone had a chance to shoot a replica musket.
     Afterward we set up tables for dinner, cranked homemade ice cream, and at 5:00 p.m. Ronn Neff, our wonderful emcee, called everyone inside to say grace and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the hard-working kitchen crew. After dinner, FMA staff and students moved fast to clean up in order to be ready for Ken Robbins’ keynote speech. Using experiences from his own life, he clearly communicated his concerns about our current political situation and made suggestions for alternatives. 
     Following Mr. Robbins’ speech, Mr. Kevin and Ms. Patricia presented The Lexington and Concord Awards. One of the recipients wasn’t there, but one of them was Mr. Robbins’ mother Anne Cleveland, and it was wonderful to see her face when her name was called.
     To finish up the night, there was an interesting panel discussion, where five people addressed the way in which they “draw the line” in their own lives regarding individual freedom vs. political interference. This was followed by ice cream and delicious apple and colonial pies. 
     The next morning, Andrew, Rachel, Stephanie, David, Brent, William, and I presented the papers we had prepared from ideas presented in our daily History class that we had been writing and practicing for several weeks. Around 2:00 p.m., most people had departed and we had our last dance class with Mr. Ronn at 3:00 p.m. He had given us several dance lessons over the preceding days, and we had learned the waltz, the foxtrot, and the swing. I loved learning how to dance, and my favorite was the swing because the guys spin the girls a lot!
     Sunday evening we all dressed up and put our social skills to the test with an evening of dance, visiting, and special refreshments. It was hard to believe the weekend had come and gone so fast! I had a great time learning about the history and ideas behind the FMA celebration of Patriots’ Day, more about personal freedom, and, especially, my first formal dance. 

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