Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts We are the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere chartered in 1638.
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On President’s Day the Ancients hold a formal luncheon that honors not only President George Washington, the first presi...
02/19/2020

On President’s Day the Ancients hold a formal luncheon that honors not only President George Washington, the first president that the Ancients escorted, but also the four presidents who have been members: James Monroe, Chester A. Arthur, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy.

The luncheon also commemorates the Ancients taking part in the official opening of the Washington National Monument on 21 February 1885. The Ancients were one of the units on parade for President Arthur who had been an Ancient since 1882. The first luncheon was held in 1886 and has been held every year since then.

Our AHAC Bandmaster, Bob Bean, is featured in the latest issue of Mass National Guard’s Minuteman Magazine.
01/31/2020
Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First

Our AHAC Bandmaster, Bob Bean, is featured in the latest issue of Mass National Guard’s Minuteman Magazine.

The first Minuteman Magazine of 2020 is now available. The Minuteman is now a monthly format magazine starting with this issue.

Monday 13 January 2020 First Winter Meeting.Welcome to our incoming new members!Why merely witness history when you can ...
01/13/2020

Monday 13 January 2020 First Winter Meeting.
Welcome to our incoming new members!

Why merely witness history when you can be a part of it?

Becoming an Ancient can be attainable privilege.
Go to www.AHAC.us.com for more information.

Grand Union Flag Raising – First Flag RaisingA Reenactment of the Raising of America’s First FlagEvery New Year’s Day th...
12/28/2019

Grand Union Flag Raising – First Flag Raising

A Reenactment of the Raising of America’s First Flag

Every New Year’s Day the city of Somerville commemorates an important moment of the American Revolution The First Flag Raising. The event reenacts the one that took place on Prospect Hill on January 1, 1776.

General Washington raised a new American flag on that day over the highest point in the land, Prospect Hill in Somerville. The event starts at Somerville City Hall and proceeds to Prospect Hill. Numerous city officials, the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts based out of Faneuil Hall (Boston), and re-enactors participate in the ceremony and parade.

First Flag Raising Event Information

Date: January 1st
Admission: Free
Start Time: 11:30am
End Time: 12:30pm
Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
Start Location: City Hall Concourse – 93 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA 02143
End Location: Prospect Hill Somerville, MA
Parking: Public Lots & On Street Parking
Public Transportation: Bus 90 Davis Sq
Directions Hwy Exit: RT 93 to Fellsway Exit

'Twas but a few days before Christmas and all around Faneuil HallPeople scurried about with packages both large and smal...
12/17/2019

'Twas but a few days before Christmas and all around Faneuil Hall
People scurried about with packages both large and small
Atop that hallowed hall, within its historic armory, the curator is busy polishing the collection
In anticipation of Santa's annual inspection

The toys gathered by the Sergeants from the many donations of fellow Ancients
Would soon be in the hands of little children (the wait was trying their patience)
The Captain Commanding and his Staff were preparing for the New Year
A few took a moment to raise a cup of good cheer.

The Quartermaster paused with pen in hand
Triple-checking the New Year's First Flag itinerary to make sure all went as planned
While other Ancients busied their hands
preparing for future trips to foreign lands

During this joyous season with both work and laughter
Take a moment or two to think of those who came before, and those who will come after
Of history and time-honored traditions, handed to us with care
With the hope that our values and heritage will persevere

For the sacrifices of our forebears
Let us offer up a silent prayer
As well as to those standing a post, as our freedom is intrusted in their care
Please protect them from illness and injury
And see them returned safely to their family

You don't have to save a seat for those who cannot be there to share Thanksgiving, but please save a moment to give than...
11/28/2019

You don't have to save a seat for those who cannot be there to share Thanksgiving, but please save a moment to give thanks to all of those who cannot be with their loved ones because they are protecting us and our loved ones.

A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to all, and especially to those in harm's way, from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

11/27/2019
America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

A short video from the Plymouth Thanksgiving parade featuring the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

The Plymouth parade is the 3rd largest Thanksgiving parade in the United States (after only NYC and Chicago). The Boston Globe estimated that there were over 500,000 spectators in attendance this year!

Why judt witness history when you can be a part of it?

Thanks to the 70 Ancients that marched this year and their families for being a part of this great event!

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Veterans Day observances at Norwich University, VT, America's oldest private military university, celebrating its 200th ...
11/09/2019

Veterans Day observances at Norwich University, VT, America's oldest private military university, celebrating its 200th anniversary.

Captain Commanding Nicholas Schiarizzi addressed the hardy crowd and spoke of the long-standing ties between the University and our Company and the tradition of service.

11/09/2019
U.S. Army Africa

We are proud to have members in our organization such as CW4 Stephen Boyd whose family has a long history of military service and sacrifice. Thank you for being a patriot.

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Press ▶️ to listen to U.S. Army Africa CW4 Stephen Boyd's #SoldierStory about his father's service during WWII while serving in an African American unit and why he chose to serve. #Armyhistory #InOurBoots #Army #Soldier #ServeWithHonor #VeteransandMilitaryFamilyMonth U.S. Army U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) National Guard Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First

Happy 222nd birthday to the USS Constitution from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts!
10/21/2019

Happy 222nd birthday to the USS Constitution from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts!

At the former seat of power for the Dubrovnik Republic they too marked the significance of a certain special year.
10/07/2019

At the former seat of power for the Dubrovnik Republic they too marked the significance of a certain special year.

10/05/2019

Additional video from UDAR 19 during the AHAC's annual Fall Field Day Tour of Duty (FFDTD) in Croatia.

10/04/2019

As promised, video from UDAR 19 during the AHAC's annual Fall Field Day Tour of Duty (FFDTD).

On 3OCT2019 during the annual Fall Field DayTour of Duty (FFDTD), a select delegation of Ancients was invited to observe...
10/04/2019

On 3OCT2019 during the annual Fall Field DayTour of Duty (FFDTD), a select delegation of Ancients was invited to observe, along with the US Ambassador Robert Kohorst and Defense Attaché, and fellow Ancient. Col. Robert Mathers, a joint military exercise conducted by units of the Croatian and Polish military.

More, including video, to come!

The bridge of the Croatian Navy's Faust Vrancic.Thanks for your hospitality!
10/02/2019

The bridge of the Croatian Navy's Faust Vrancic.

Thanks for your hospitality!

Today Captain Commanding Nick Schiarizzi led the Company in a wreath laying ceremony at the Milna Military Cemetery on t...
10/02/2019

Today Captain Commanding Nick Schiarizzi led the Company in a wreath laying ceremony at the Milna Military Cemetery on the island of Vis off the coast from Split, Croatia. The Company was joined by Col. Robert Mathers, US Military Attaché to Croatia and a fellow Ancient.

During the Second World War the island served as an allied commando base as well as an emergency airstrip.

Today the Company laid a wreath at the Milna Military Cemetery on the island of Vis off the coast from Split, Croatia.Th...
10/02/2019

Today the Company laid a wreath at the Milna Military Cemetery on the island of Vis off the coast from Split, Croatia.

The Croatian Navy graciously provided the warship, Faust Vrancic, to transport the Ancients to and from the island.

From the Company's first evening in Zagreb, Croatia during the 382nd FFDTD led by Captain Commanding Nicholas Schiarizzi...
09/30/2019

From the Company's first evening in Zagreb, Croatia during the 382nd FFDTD led by Captain Commanding Nicholas Schiarizzi.

High atop the "Zagreb Eye", the Croatian Knights Sergeants hosted a wonderful Welcome Reception and we were joined by US Military Attaché, and fellow Ancient, Col. Robert Mathers.

Members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts during the 382nd fall field day tour of duty out...
09/29/2019

Members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts during the 382nd fall field day tour of duty outside Christ the King Chapel in Mirogoj, Croatia.

For centuries, ships bells have had a long tradition of use in the navies and merchant fleets around the world. Their du...
09/01/2019

For centuries, ships bells have had a long tradition of use in the navies and merchant fleets around the world.

Their duties range from time-keeping, signaling, and sounding alarms to a wide variety of ceremonial uses, including sounding the arrival and departure of the ship's Captain, flag officers, and other dignitaries. They can even be used as a baptismal bowl in the British and Canadian Navies.

It can be said that a ship's bell represents the heart and soul of a vessel.

This Labor Day weekend members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company took part in a ceremony to cast a new bell for the Mayflower II in Plymouth, MA.

Led by Captain Commanding Nicholas Schiarizzi, members of the Company served as an Honor Guard and provided the services of our own Capt. Frank Zarba to sing the national anthem. In addition, members of our Company were privileged to add tokens personal significance to the cauldron that will become integral parts of the ship's Bell.

Fair seas and following winds to the Mayflower II as she completes her restoration at Mystic, CT, and returns to Plymouth later this month.

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The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts mourns the loss of a dedicated ...
09/01/2019

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts mourns the loss of a dedicated and highly skilled Green Beret Soldier, MSG Louis F. Deleon who was a member of 7th Special Forces Group and was KIA in Afghanistan earlier this month. He arrives home in Massachusetts on Monday and the funeral will be at Agawam Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday. Our deepest condolences go out to his 2 young daughters, fiance, sister, grandmother, 7th Group, and all who loved him.

Congratulations to AHAC Member and 51st Troop Command Bridgade Commander Colonel Kenneth Wisniewski III on his recent pr...
08/30/2019

Congratulations to AHAC Member and 51st Troop Command Bridgade Commander Colonel Kenneth Wisniewski III on his recent promotion to Colonel.

In 1898, the first Hero Square in Boston was named Dewey Square at South Station. Since then, we have dedicated more tha...
08/18/2019

In 1898, the first Hero Square in Boston was named Dewey Square at South Station. Since then, we have dedicated more than 1,200 Hero Squares for service members killed in action. The gold star on each sign represents the ultimate sacrifice that was given. It is designated only for those killed in action.

The City of Boston is in the process of rededicating a number of these Hero Squares by updating signage and including a biographical plaque at eye-level providing additional detail as to the sacrifice made by the service member who is honored at that particular Honor Square.

The City of Boston's Veterans Services Department requested the Color Guard of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company to assist in rededicating two (2) such Hero Squares during the weekend of 17-18AUG2019. The Ancients Color Guard answered the call to help honor those who had fallen.

17AUG2019 Allston: Corner of Cambridge and North Harvard Streets in honor of Lt. John L. O’Brien (US Army, WW II, recipient of bronze star and purple heart KIA 1945).

Veterans Commissioner Santiago and Gerald O’Brien, Lt. O'Brien's son, spoke at the Hero Square re-dedication. Many members from the Gold Star O'Brien family from across the US were in attendance and expressed their gratitude to all for helping to honor Lt. O'Brien's service and memory.

18AUG2019 Hyde Park: Intersection of Austin and West Streets in honor of John Carroll, Jr. (US Army, WW II KIA 1944)

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh Veterans Commissioner Robert Santiago, State Representative Angelo Scaccia, and City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George spoke of the Honor Square program and those who gave all in service to our nation. Mayor Walsh made it a point to recognize the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in his speech and, later, to individually thank each member of the AHAC Color Guard.

Photos courtesy of John Wilcox, Mayor's Office Photographer

(Hyde Park, MA 8/18/19) Mayor Martin Walsh attends the John L. Carroll, Jr. Hero Square Dedication. (Mayor’s Office Phot...
08/18/2019

(Hyde Park, MA 8/18/19) Mayor Martin Walsh attends the John L. Carroll, Jr. Hero Square Dedication. (Mayor’s Office Photo by John Wilcox)

A Hero Square is a square or intersection dedicated to the memory of a service member killed in action. The City of Bost...
08/17/2019

A Hero Square is a square or intersection dedicated to the memory of a service member killed in action.

The City of Boston's Veterans Services Department requested the Color Guard of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company to assist in rededicating a Hero Square honoring Lt. John L. O'Brien who was killed in action during the Second World War and received a bronze star for bravery in action and a purple heart.

Commissioner Santiago and Gerald O’Brien, Lt. O'Brien's son, spoke at the Hero Square dedication. Many members from the Gold Star O'Brien family from across the US were in attendance and expressed their gratitude to all for helping to honor Lt. O'Brien's service and memory.

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The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Honor Guard participating in the John L. O’Brien Hero Square dedication.

Tradition plays a big part in our Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.  Since 1638 we have gathered every 1st Monday...
07/28/2019

Tradition plays a big part in our Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Since 1638 we have gathered every 1st Monday in June to hold our Drum Head Election of Officers. We take this opportunity to remember past leaders who have contributed so much to our existence and our country.
(all photos by Barton Hyte)

Tradition plays a big part in our Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Since 1638 we have gathered every 1st Monday in June to hold our Drum Head Election of Officers. We take this opportunity to remember past leaders who have contributed so much to our existence and our country.
(all photos by Barton Hyte)

Command Staff from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Mass. joined by members of the Honorable Artillery Co. of ...
07/22/2019

Command Staff from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Mass. joined by members of the Honorable Artillery Co. of London in front of the Mass. State House statue of President John F. Kennedy (a fellow Ancient who announced his run for the presidency from our Headquarters and Armory atop of Faneuil Hall in Boston.)

The Ten of Us Club will be holding our annual Clambake on Wednesday August 14, 2019 from 1-6 pm. This is the tradition t...
07/10/2019

The Ten of Us Club will be holding our annual Clambake on Wednesday August 14, 2019 from 1-6 pm. This is the tradition to hold the clambake on the second Wednesday of August The clambake will be held at the home of Don Sylvester as noted in the email that went out from the Executive Secretary earlier today.

The cost is $99. This will be a traditional New England Clambake, catered by “Woodmans of Essex”. The menu includes; Clam chowder, 1 1/4 pound lobster, steamed clams, steamed mussels, 1/4 rotisserie chicken, sausages, corn on the cob, cole slaw and dessert.

There will be an open bar, cigars, and a raffle. Space is limited to 75 people. I urge you to send your checks payable to the Ten of us club, and address the envelope to Brian Kane, whose address was included in the same earlier email send out today from the Executive Secretary.

Our usual venue for this event is closed for a couple years for renovations. Don has been gracious enough to allow us the use of his property. This is an Ancients Only event.

More info to follow in the Days and weeks ahead. Don’t get shut out of this certain to be “GREAT EVENT”. As a side note, we will gladly accept any donations possible for raffle items as well as monetary donations to help offset the cost of this event.

Monetary donations can also be sent to Brian Kane. I will gladly pickup and item that one might care to donate.

Thank you,
Greg Keelan President,
Ten of Us Club 2019-2020

07/04/2019
Boston 25 News

Captain Commanding Nick Schiarizzi read the Declaration of Independence the July 4th just as it was delivered in 1776 by our Captain Commanding.

The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence from the Old State House balcony in Boston

06/30/2019
Korean War POW identified, buried near fellow vet and friend

This story of two Massachusetts Soldiers serving in the Korean War reminds us of the devotion one has for his brother in arms. One Soldier came home in 1953 after almost 3 years in a POW Camp. The other just came home this month.
CBS interviewed our own SFC Bob Bean (3:34) who acted as the Casualty Assistance Officer bringing these families together.

Ten of the 20 countries involved in this week’s G20 Summit in Japan were also involved in the Korean War. Fighting in Korea ended in 1953, but no peace treat...

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Great parade and ceremony. Well worth going in to a crowded Boston. People around me loved it. Happy to participate.
I wonder if this Gentleman was in the same group from San Diego we met last in October on or FFDTD at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington when we were there Rest easy Soldier and thank you for your service and sacrifice God Speed
In Dec 1891 , P S GILMORE decided that that to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America in 1492 he would hold the first open air celebration of the New Year on January 1 in front of City Hall . That tradition continues to this day and was started by GILMORE . 100 years later City Hall , New York issued a proclamation to honour the great Irishman from Galway .......... Happy New Year to all .
I just found this page. I am a descendant of several members of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. So I thought I would list them. Humphrey Atherton, 1638, Dorchester John Barnard, 1643, Watertown William Blake, 1646, Dorchester Richard Brackett, 1639, Braintree Roger Clapp, 1646, Dorchester Richard Cutter, 1643, Cambridge Hugh Drury, 1659, Boston John Drury, 1674, Boston John Humphrey, 1640, Hingham John Johnson, 1638, Boston Thomas Joy, 1658, Hingham Elias Maverick, 1654, Charlestown Thomas Richards, 1648, Weymouth Ralph Sprague, 1638, Malden William Torrey, 1641, Weymouth Edward Winship, 1638, Cambridge Clergy John Cotton, 1651, Boston Peter Hobart, 1655, Hingham John Wilson, 1638, Boston John Wilson, Jr., 1668, Medfield I am very proud of my Ancestors.
Grand Army of the Republic {cont. }- And so on in April 6th 1866 , the organisation GAR was founded .GAR Posts began in States throughout the UNION . In Massachusetts a listed 104 posts began , while in Kentucky another 150 prospered . In Kansas 500 were activated and in New York over 672 Posts were active through the State . P S Gilmore and all his bands were active for all occasions of remembrance and commemoration of both the hard fought divisive war but also the memory of the many souls lost in battle . Interestingly in the thousands of Posts listed nationwide there had been none publicized as remembering those musicians who had fought and performed for the UNION and this didn't escape Gilmore's attention , so in New York he became the founder and First Commander of MUSICIANS POST 452 . The Posts last address was Old Homestead, 3rd Ave. and 91st St.; 210-214 E. 86th St. They were organised {or received Members initially } on March 13th 1884 . And in 1892 the GAR HQ in Washington DC sanctioned the name change on his death from Musicians Post 452 to honor the Post's founder and first Commander, Patrick S.Gilmore, in September 1892. The Post surrendered its charter in 1910-1911 with 12 members still on the roll. I will ask anyone who may have have information that this is not the only Musicians Post in the GAR but I cannot find any other presently - This GAR POST was the only specific MUSICIANS POST in the GAR among the many thousands of POSTS in the that organisation dedicated to the memory of the dulcet sounds of these men and the duty for which they were dedicated to fulfill Here is the cover of the P S Gilmore Post 452. {More tomorrow } Thank you to the SUVCW for their help. May these Musicians and others not listed but served, never be forgotten and Rest in Peace . {Please Share }
2nd corp of cadets 1872 Salem MA I have 3 originals how do i post photos here?
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Wonderful to see the Post re P S Gilmore . He was the single most important Bandmaster in 19th Century America in during the Civil War and till his death in 1892 . But in 1865 he was "recruited" to the Ancient and Honorable membership. and for years his band not only provided the annual entertainment but led the Parade on the 250th Anniversary of the AHA with 36 piece Band tp the State House . That day the band were wearing uniforms presented by Boston Merchants especially for the occasion. It is interesting to review the Finance Committee of the AHA that signed each of the Gilmore Band Invoices and approved them for payment . Thank you .
Thank you for putting on a great event yesterday and allowing us to participate!
My direct Ancestor (7GGF) Robert Crossman (1622-1692) Was a member in 1644 - See History of The Military Company of Massachusetts (@ page 139)- now called The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Since 1638 The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company has considered the 1st Monday in June a significant day. We start each "June Day" by honoring those who founded this organization and remembering those who came before us.
We found a brass medallion in our yard as we were digging to bury some electrical lines. Was hoping you could give us some info on it, but no where to post a pic! Help please?