To the Editor:
People who want to learn traditional rifle marksmanship skills and the role rifles played in our country's founding will want to register for an upcoming Project Appleseed event. Project Appleseed is dedicated to bringing Americans closer to their heritage and passing on the tradition of rifle marksmanship in a safe setting.
The next Project Appleseed event in Minnesota will be held at the Wells Rifle and Pistol Club in Wells. It is scheduled for May 19-20.
Preregistration fees are affordable: Free for active duty military, Guard and Reserve; free for peace officers, elected officials and individuals with disabilities; $5 for youth (under 21); $10 for women; and $70 for all others.
Participants supply their own rifles and ammunition.
Youth learn safe firearm handling and the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, while adults improve and refine their marksmanship skills. The whole family can participate and discover the important people and events that occurred on the first day of the Revolutionary War.
Participants will learn the four safety rules, the six steps of firing the shot, steady hold factors, how to obtain "natural point of aim" and other proven marksmanship techniques.
Attendees will learn about the historical events of April 19, 1775, including Paul Revere's ride and his capture by British Redcoats; which side fired the first shots at Lexington Green; the tragic events that occurred at Concord's North Bridge; the obscure location where the War for Independence actually began.
They also will hear about the courage of men such as Dr. Samuel Prescott, John Parker and Isaac Davis, who acted not knowing what the future would hold for them, and many of the reasons why we modern Americans owe these men an immense debt.
Project Appleseed welcomes attendance by all individuals regardless of experience level, political affiliation, gender or religion. Instructors have received specific training to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
Project Appleseed is the nationwide activity of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)3 all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit organization.
For more information, contact me.