Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company We are the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere chartered in 1638.
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A few photos from Boston's Salute to Veterans Parade 04 NOV 2023.
11/05/2023

A few photos from Boston's Salute to Veterans Parade 04 NOV 2023.

The Ancients visiting Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill,  and th...
10/19/2023

The Ancients visiting Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house to hold the title of palace in England.

01 OCT 2023 - Part 2, A few photos from the reception hosted by the HAC Light Cavalry Unit following their inspecton, pa...
10/14/2023

01 OCT 2023 - Part 2, A few photos from the reception hosted by the HAC Light Cavalry Unit following their inspecton, pass and review and demonstration of their skill at horsemanship.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts was invited to witness the inspection of the Honorable Artillery Company of London's Light Cavalry Unit by General Sir Patrick Sanders, General Chief of the General Staff and Colonel Commandant of the HAC.

We were thrilled at their skill, precision, and were particularly honored by the mounted Color Guard with both the National Colors (or Colours) of the United Kingdom and the United States proudly displayed.

Our Captain Commanding, CPT Tim Haraden, met with General Sir Patrick Sanders, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen. Chief of the General Staff, and Colonel Commandant of the HAC and thanked him for his gracious hospitality and the opportunity to renew the historic bonds between our two companies.

Sir Patrick gave a rousing and informative speech about those ties and their continuing importance.

01 OCT 2023 - Part 1, on the HAC Light Cavalry Parade Grounds.The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachuset...
10/13/2023

01 OCT 2023 - Part 1, on the HAC Light Cavalry Parade Grounds.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts was invited to witness the inspection of the Honorable Artillery Company of London's Light Cavalry Unit by General Sir Patrick Sanders, General Chief of the General Staff and Colonel Commandant of the HAC.

We were thrilled at their skill, precision, and were particularly honored by the mounted Color Guard with both the National Colors (or Colours) of the United Kingdom and the United States proudly displayed.

Ancients at the Albert Memorial.Prince Albert, among other accomplishments, was also a member of the Ancient and Honorab...
10/12/2023

Ancients at the Albert Memorial.

Prince Albert, among other accomplishments, was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

The Memorial was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert, who died in 1861. The Memorial was opened in 1872. Prince Albert is seated in the middle and at the corners are a series of allegorical sculptures.

Inside Windsor Castle prior to the parade and  joined by a friend of the Company, Colonel Barrie Fairman, OBE, of the Mi...
10/11/2023

Inside Windsor Castle prior to the parade and joined by a friend of the Company, Colonel Barrie Fairman, OBE, of the Military Knights of Windsor.

On our way in to Windsor Castle for Martins Services at St. George's Chapel.  Then forming up for our parade from the Ca...
10/10/2023

On our way in to Windsor Castle for Martins Services at St. George's Chapel. Then forming up for our parade from the Castle to place a wreath along with the Lord Mayor at a plaque honoring the AHAC's 1st Captain, Robert Keayne.

10/06/2023

The Guards units at Wellington Barracks, London, UK, during the changing of the guard ceremony.

Last night members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, led by Captain Commanding Tim Harade...
10/05/2023

Last night members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, led by Captain Commanding Tim Haraden attended a reception at Armoury House, the home of the Honorable Artillery Company of London (the "HAC", our "older brother", founded in 1537 - 100 years before our fonding and 101 years before our Charter). The HAC is led by Gen. Sir Patrick Saunders, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC General Chief of the General Staff.

Their graciousness and hospitality remains unmatched. Thank you once again fir a memorable evening.

Last night members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, led by Captain Commanding Timothy Ha...
10/05/2023

Last night members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, led by Captain Commanding Timothy Haraden, attended a reception at Armory House, the home of the Honorable Artillery Company of London (and our "older brother", founded in 1537 - 100 years before our fonding and 101 years before our Charter).

Their graciousness and hospitality remains unmatched. Thank you once again fir a memorable evening.

Monday 02 OCT 2023.  Wellington Barracks, London, UK. The Ancients and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts was ...
10/04/2023

Monday 02 OCT 2023. Wellington Barracks, London, UK.

The Ancients and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts was invited to witness the changing of the guard from inside the fences of the Wellington Barracks and Guards Museum.

A special thanks to Museum Director Andrew Wallis and his staff for the private tour of the museum and champaign reception that followed.

A great and informative time was had by all.

The 386th Fall Field Day Tour of Duty banquet was held this evening at the Palace of Westminster (where Parliament is lo...
10/02/2023

The 386th Fall Field Day Tour of Duty banquet was held this evening at the Palace of Westminster (where Parliament is located) in London.

Among the many honored guests were our host, the Right Honorable Sir Julian Lewis DPhil, MP, members of the Honorable Artillery Company of London (founded in 1537, and of which our 1st Captain Commanding, Robert Keayne, was a member), the HAC's Pikemen & Musketeers, the HAC Light Cavalry Unit, the Military Knights of Windsor, and several other military units, including a representative from the US Embassy.

It was a great night to celebrate our deep roots, rekindle old friendships, and make new ones.

The Company is on its 386th Fall Field Day Tour of Duty.  This year we are visiting London, Windsor, and Greenwich in th...
10/01/2023

The Company is on its 386th Fall Field Day Tour of Duty. This year we are visiting London, Windsor, and Greenwich in the United Kingdom.

During our 1st full day we visited the Churchill War Rooms were tge Sergeants treated us to a private reception while we toured the Bunker and museum. A great way to start the day an the trip.

Just a few FB photos to begin off with. There'll be PLENTY more to follow!

TTFN

In anticipation of this year's Fall Field Day Tour of Duty under the command of Captain Timothy Haraden to London, Winds...
09/28/2023

In anticipation of this year's Fall Field Day Tour of Duty under the command of Captain Timothy Haraden to London, Windsor, and Greenwich in the United Kingdom, here's a brief newsreel flashback to a prior trip - in 1954!

In 1954 the Captain Commanding was Thomas J. Carty. The parade grounds on Boston Common where the Company's annual June Day change of command ceremonies take place is named after him.

(7 Oct 1954) At HAC Headquarters in London, members of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company of Boston, Massachusetts, were on parade.Find out more ab...

On 19 SEP 2023 the Company provided an honor guard at the burial of our 294th Captain Commanding, BG Stuart Tauber.Stu w...
09/25/2023

On 19 SEP 2023 the Company provided an honor guard at the burial of our 294th Captain Commanding, BG Stuart Tauber.

Stu was laid to rest with full military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

During his year as Captain Commanding BG Tauber led the Company to Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna during the annual Fall Field Day Tour of Duty.

His many, many friends remember his leadership, his laugh, and his love of Irish music.

Rest in peace, this tour of duty is at its end.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the honor guard to the Governor of Massachusetts. Today ...
09/23/2023

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the honor guard to the Governor of Massachusetts.

Today we honored that tradition and helped Governor Maura Healey officially welcome the Head of State of Latvia, President Edgar Rinkēvičs, to Massachusetts.

Facta non verba.

A very special visit at the State House Friday, the Governor welcomed the President of Latvia.

08/25/2023

Happy birthday to the Honorable Artillery Company!

We look forward to celebrating together during our upcoming Fall Field Day Tour of Duty and to commemorating the 400th anniversary of our 1st Captain Commanding Robert Keayne's joining the Honorable Artillery Company of London.

Three CHEERS!!!

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A few photos from yesterday's Ten of Us Club's annual summer clambake. If you haven't been to one of the Ten of Us Club ...
08/11/2023

A few photos from yesterday's Ten of Us Club's annual summer clambake.

If you haven't been to one of the Ten of Us Club events in a while, we highly recommend it - there were over 100 Ancients and guests at yesterday's event and a great time was had by all!

Today, 29 JUL 2023, the United States Navy christens its newest destroyer, the USS Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.The ship's spons...
07/29/2023

Today, 29 JUL 2023, the United States Navy christens its newest destroyer, the USS Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.

The ship's sponsor is COL Barnum's wife, Martha Hill.

COL Barnum is a Vietnam veteran, recipient of the Medal of Honor, and a former Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

COL Barnum is also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Congratulations to COL Barnum, his family, the Navy, and best wishes to all who will ultimately sail aboard our newest destroyer!

The U.S. Navy will christen a new Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr, on Saturday, 29th July 2023.

Seventy years ago today, on July 27, 1953, after more than three years of war on the Korean Peninsula, military leaders ...
07/28/2023

Seventy years ago today, on July 27, 1953, after more than three years of war on the Korean Peninsula, military leaders from the United States, North Korea, and the People's Republic of China signed the Korean Armistice Agreement to "insure a complete cessation of hostilities."

All Americans should remember the terrible cost of the Korean War and the valor of those who fought against aggression, facing fierce adversaries, harsh terrain, and pitiless conditions. More than 36,000 U.S. troops were killed in action, along with hundreds of thousands more from the Republic of Korea and partner nations serving in the United Nations Command. Even today, some 7,000 American service members from this war remain unaccounted for. We have a solemn duty to continue looking for answers for American families whose loved ones still remain missing in action seven decades on. America also has a sacred responsibility to take care of our Korean War veterans, their families, their caregivers, and their survivors, and to ensure that they get the benefits they deserve.


Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issues a statement on the 70th National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

More photos from the Beefeater Sergeants golf day where a great time was had by all.Can't wait until the next Beefeater ...
07/21/2023

More photos from the Beefeater Sergeants golf day where a great time was had by all.

Can't wait until the next Beefeater Sergeants event!

Congratulations to the Beefeater Sergeants on a very successful golf day. They were superb hosts, their fellow Ancients ...
07/19/2023

Congratulations to the Beefeater Sergeants on a very successful golf day.

They were superb hosts, their fellow Ancients enjoyed camaderie, golf, refreshments - even the weather cooperated!

More photos to come.

Joyeux jour de la bastille!Happy Bastille Day from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company!The Ancient and Honorable...
07/14/2023

Joyeux jour de la bastille!
Happy Bastille Day from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company!

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts provided the Color Guard at the request of the Consul General of France in Boston, Mustafa Soykurt, at the French Consulate today in celebration of Bastille Day.

Fellow Ancients BG (MA) Enoch "Woody" Woodhouse, II, LT Robert V. Collins, SSG Daniel H. Carroll, Jr., and PVT George King attended the event with LT Collins and SSG Carroll acting as Color Guard.

The annual Ten of Us Summer Clambake is coming up soon!Sign up while there is space available for fun in the sun with yo...
07/14/2023

The annual Ten of Us Summer Clambake is coming up soon!

Sign up while there is space available for fun in the sun with your friends - and lobsters, clams, and all the fixin's!

Wednesday, 09 AUG 2023 - Don't miss out on this annual Summer tradition!

Prior to each June Day Election and Parade the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company follows tradition by honoring our...
07/08/2023

Prior to each June Day Election and Parade the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company follows tradition by honoring our nation at an 8AM Reveille / To The Colors ceremony. That is followed by laying wreaths and sounding Taps at the grave of our founder, Captain Robert Keayne, then to the John F Kennedy memorial. We are joined each year by a contingent from The Honourable Artillery Company of London, our sister Company and the 2nd oldest chartered military organization in the world. (Photos by Barton Hyte)

Every year since 1776 the Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company has read the Declaration of ...
07/04/2023

Every year since 1776 the Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company has read the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House. This is the longest running reading of the Declaration in the United States - this year marks the 247th reading!

This year Captain Commanding Tim Haraden read the Declaration to an enthusiastic crowd of thousands and the Company was joined by Mayor Michelle Wu, the Mayor of our home town of Boston.

Happy Independence Day to one and all! 🇺🇸

One of several connections between the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, and the Ancient and Hon...
06/23/2023

One of several connections between the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere, is the connection between our 315th and current Captain Commanding, Tim Haraden, and the 5th Commanding officer of "Old Ironsides", Nathaniel Haraden.

Nathaniel Haraden was Constitution’s shipkeeper from June 30, 1802 to May 14, 1803. Major repairs were done from May to August 1803, including recaulking all the planking, replacing the original copper sheathing, rerigging, and fitting new yards. At this time there was no dry dock in the United States, so all repairs below the waterline were done by careening, or heaving the ship over in each direction to reach the areas normally underwater. Haraden kept an extensive log chronicling the ship’s repairs. Haraden stayed on as sailing master under Commodore Edward Preble. He later commanded Gunboat No. 8 during the frigate’s expedition to the Mediterranean, where Preble assumed command of the Mediterranean fleet during the Barbary War and Battle of Tripoli Harbor. Haraden was commended for gallantry in action at the siege of Tripoli on August 3, 1804.

On June 5, 2023 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company conducted its 385th change of command ceremonies.  Many unit...
06/18/2023

On June 5, 2023 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company conducted its 385th change of command ceremonies. Many units including thise from the Massachusetts National Guard, USS Constitution, the Honorable Artillery Company of London, and member units of the Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands from various states took part.

This is the largest annual military parade on the East Coast and culminates with the Governor of the Commonwealth accepting the resignation of commissions of our top three officers and issuing new ones.

Our outgoing Captain this year was Thomas Goodfellow and our incoming Captain Commanding is Timothy Haraden. This year we were joined by both Governor Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll.

Thank you to all who participated and witnessed this annual historical event that dates all the way back to 1638!

Happy Flag Day 🇺🇲From the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company!
06/14/2023

Happy Flag Day 🇺🇲
From the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company!

On June Day - the 1st Monday in June each year - the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the oldest charted militar...
06/02/2023

On June Day - the 1st Monday in June each year - the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the oldest charted military company in the Western Hemisphere, parades from historic Faneuil Hall to the Carty parade ground in Boston Common where it will be accompanied by many other military units as it conducts its change of command ceremonies followed by a church service in honor of the fallen, and finally a banquet to mark the occasion.

This year Captain Commanding Thomas Goodfellow will turn over command to incoming Captain Timothy Haraden who was elected by the Company as his successor.

Military units will conduct a pass and review infront of the Governor, visiting dignitaries, and there will be a traditional salute from howitzers by the 101st Field Artillery.

Come and be a part of history this Monday on Boston Common!

Every Memorial Day weekend, (except in 2020), the MA Military Heroes organization plants a Garden of 37,000 Flags in fro...
05/27/2023

Every Memorial Day weekend, (except in 2020), the MA Military Heroes organization plants a Garden of 37,000 Flags in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.

The flags commemorate the Massachusetts service members who have given their lives to defend the United States and our freedom.

At this time, the Memorial Day Flag Garden is planned to be on display at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument of Boston Common in 2023 from May 25 – May 29.

Today, the 3rd Saturday in May, is Armed Forces Day.On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the crea...
05/20/2023

Today, the 3rd Saturday in May, is Armed Forces Day.

On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one agency -- the Department of Defense.

In 1935, a law was enacted mandating the Governor of the Commonwealth to issue a proclamation on May 20 each year declar...
05/19/2023

In 1935, a law was enacted mandating the Governor of the Commonwealth to issue a proclamation on May 20 each year declaring that day to be the Massachusetts Lafayette Day.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company helps to honor that day, this year along with the Counsel General from the Republic of France, Mustafa Soykurt.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who are serving and those who have served our Nation.Please take a moment to also ...
05/14/2023

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who are serving and those who have served our Nation.

Please take a moment to also acknowledge the sacrifice of our nation's Gold Star Mothers.

On Monday the Company will continue one of the its oldest traditions, dating back to the election of our 1st Captain Com...
05/07/2023

On Monday the Company will continue one of the its oldest traditions, dating back to the election of our 1st Captain Commanding, Robert Keayne, and other officers and sergeants in 1638.

Critical information sent out by the Executive Secretary in a recent Observations follows.

This meeting is for the ELECTION of Elected Officers and SGTs of Artillery and Infantry for the 2023 – 2024 Command Year. Also, there are a number of Rules and Regulation changes being proposed. I have attached a copy of these to this message so you can familiarize yourself with the proposals. The General meeting will be called to order at 1720. After the pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, the meeting will revert to the Committee of the Whole in order to commence voting. The polls will open at 1730 SHARP and remain open until 1930 SHARP. The voting will commence once CPT Thomas J. Goodfellow, CC has cast his ballot. NO EARLY VOTING WILL BE ALLOWED, and all voting must cease by 1930.

Facta non verba - show up and ket your voice be heard!

05/07/2023

On Monday the Company will continue of the its oldest traditions, dating back to the election of our 1st Captain Commanding, Robert Keayne, and other officers and sergeants in 1638.

Critical information sent out by the Executive Secretary in a recent Observations follows.

This meeting is for the ELECTION of Elected Officers and SGTs of Artillery and Infantry for the 2023 – 2024 Command Year. Also, there are a number of Rules and Regulation changes being proposed. I have attached a copy of these to this message so you can familiarize yourself with the proposals. The General meeting will be called to order at 1720. After the pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, the meeting will revert to the Committee of the Whole in order to commence voting. The polls will open at 1730 SHARP and remain open until 1930 SHARP. The voting will commence once CPT Thomas J. Goodfellow, CC has cast his ballot. NO EARLY VOTING WILL BE ALLOWED, and all voting must cease by 1930.

Facta non verba - show up and ket your voice be heard!

From our friends in the Honorable Artillery Company of London who took part in the coronation of His Majesty King Charle...
05/06/2023

From our friends in the Honorable Artillery Company of London who took part in the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Long live the King!

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the Governor’s official Honor Guard and Governor Maura Healey requested t...
04/30/2023

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the Governor’s official Honor Guard and Governor Maura Healey requested the the Company help to honor this historic visit of President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea.

BOSTON (WWLP) – It was a very special day at the State House as the president of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol made a state visit. President Yoon ascended the center steps surrounded by the Anci…

Today the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company performed one of its duties as honor guard to the Governor of the Comm...
04/28/2023

Today the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company performed one of its duties as honor guard to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Governor Maura Healey welcomed South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol to the Massachusetts Statehouse and the Ancients were there to honor the event

Anniversary of the First Muster of the National Guard — April 22, 2023.The annyal commemoration of the anniversary of th...
04/27/2023

Anniversary of the First Muster of the National Guard — April 22, 2023.

The annyal commemoration of the anniversary of the country’s first muster in 1637 in Salem Massachusetts.

Participants included Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, the Massachusetts National Guard, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Salem Trayned Band, 2nd Corpos Veterans Group, and historic military companies.

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