The National Lancers – The Official Mounted Ceremonial Troop of Massachusetts will once again re-enact the historic rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes on Monday 19 April, 2010. The Lancers, a unit of the Massachusetts Organized Militia – Mass. National Guard, have been re-enacting the April 19, 1775 rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes since 1904.
The Paul Revere ride will start at 10:30 a.m. on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. The first leg, from Boston to Medford, will be ridden by Lancers Deputy Commander Brigadier General (MA) Leonid Kondratiuk of Belmont riding as Paul Revere. He has been a member of the National Lancers, the state’s official mounted cavalry troop since 2002. He will ride from Boston’s North End to Medford where Lieutenant Colonel (MA) Richard Reale of Newton will finish the Revere ride and move on to Lexington. Reale has been a member of the Lancers for twenty years and serves as the unit’s Executive Officer.
The William Dawes ride will begin following the Annual Patriot’s Day Ceremony at Elliot Square in Roxbury, MA at 10:30 a.m. The first leg will be ridden by Staff Sergeant (MA) Andrew Tobin of Franklin. He has been a member of the Lancers for 16 years and will ride from Roxbury to Arlington. The Dawes ride will be completed by Corporal (MA) Dennis Williams from Merrimack, NH. He serves as the unit’s webmaster in addition to his troop duties and has been a member of the Lancer’s for more than three years.
The riders will make several stops along the way to tell children’s groups about the importance of the Paul Revere and William Dawes rides back in 1775.
Both groups of riders will then join up in Lexington and gallop into the Town Green, in a dramatic finale. The conclusion of the rides is then a prelude to the Annual Lexington Patriot’s Day Parade, the largest in the state.
The National Lancers provide an important public service each year by reminding the populace of the historical significance of the rides of Revere and Dawes.
The National Lancers—Mass. Organized Militia- are proudly commanded by Brigadier General (MA) Mario DiCarlo of Newton, and their headquarters and stables are located at Camp DiCarlo in Framingham.
For more information on this historic volunteer cavalry troop - the National Lancers, we invite you to visit the National Lancer’s website at www.Nationallancers.org .
For additional information feel free to contact the unit Deputy Commander, Brigadier General (MA) Len Kondratiuk at work - 508-797-0334, Cell - 508-294-1650 or via email at Leonid.Kondratiuk@us.army.mil.