Acting on behalf of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association and the Appleseed Project yesterday, I invited President Obama to come to one of our events celebrating American history and heritage.
He’s doubtlessly clearing his schedule and attempting to find a date that will work on his calendar… and so can you!
At the moment, Appleseed offers two kinds of events.
Our flagship Appleseed events are available around the country, most of the year. We’ll teach you to shoot your rifle using tried and true techniques that —with enough practice—will impart skills that will make of picking up a rack-grade service rifle and surplus ammunition and make accurate hits out to 500 yards, the “rifleman’s quarter mile.” While doing this, you’ll learn the real story of April 19, 1775, of the battles at Lexington and Concord, and what was sacrificed by our forefathers to win our liberty.
Our Ladyseed events offer the same training, but is “Ladies only,” and for those of you in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and western Georgia, I’d point out that a Ladyseed is being set-up for Elon, NC, in March, and I can tell you personally that the ladies running it are the epitome of the phrase, “shoot like a girl… if you can.”
Appleseeds are family events, and we often have moms and dads and brothers and sisters of all ages on the firing line.
As much as you learn about shooting at Appleseed/Ladyseed events, however, that is just part of the program. The key part of an Appleseed is “the story of us.”
Over the course of a two-day Appleseed, we tell what we call the “Three strikes of the match,” and stories of dangerous old men and valiant young women, husbands and brothers that risked everything they had in their lives in order to win for us this cherished, fragile liberty that is our birthright as Americans. I’ll be honest will you; I get choked up every time I tell these stories, and think about what was sacrificed so that we can have what we do.
I can’t promise that you, your mom, dad, son, or daughter will come out of an Appleseed as a Rifleman on your first attempt, though some of us have. What I can promise is that you and those you will bring will leave knowing much more about who our Founders were, and who we are, and who we should be, as a result of all that risked on our behalf.
Make the time. Register for an Appleseed today. Once you’ve done it, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.