"One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”
The date: April 18th.
The year: 1775.
The patriot: Paul Revere.
Ever hear of him?
Paul Revere was a Boston silversmith and patriot. On the night of April 18th, 1775, Revere and his fellow patriots rode hell-bent for leather through New England alerting the patriots that the British were coming by sea as communicated by the "two if by sea" lanterns briefly hung in the steeple of the Old North Church. The next morning at Lexington the "shot heard round the world" rang out beginning the Revolutionary War and America's endless quest for liberty that continues to this day.
On December 8th, L. Lin Wood retweeted a threat to our nation coming from the sea and that was enough for me. I took his tweet as a digital version of "two if by sea."
We already knew there has been unusually heavy military air traffic over the Continental United States (CONUS) in the last few weeks under the guise, I mean, explanation of drills, drills, drills. But being a Minnesotan landlubber, I'd totally forgotten about our coastlines. "Amber waves of grain" I see all the time. "Sea to shining sea"...not so much.
Three days ago, news broke that the United States fleets were positioned, some say for the first time since WWII, to defend our Atlantic and Pacific shores from possible invasion.