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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05/26/2020
Boch Center

The Boch Center collaborated with Ancient & Honorable's LT Bob Bean to honor the memory of all those who have fallen in uniform.

The Boch Center honors the brave women and men who fought to protect our country. #cbstaps #tapsacrossamerica

05/22/2020
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

This Memorial Day weekend we remember those families who have sacrificed so much. We especially want to remember those first responders who have lost their lives from COVID19. Heroes all.

Memorial Day is a time to pause, honor and remember. Thank you, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, Maj Gen Gary W. Keefe and all who are honoring our families this uniquely difficult Memorial Day. Please share this and share your safe-at-home tributes at #HeroesFlagGarden all weekend.

Meanwhile dreams of baseball still thrive.  Many of you have contributed to "our" team in Croatia and here's  a chance f...
05/20/2020
Zagreb Red Sox, baseball field construction : Phase 1 - BACKSTOP

Meanwhile dreams of baseball still thrive.

Many of you have contributed to "our" team in Croatia and here's a chance for more of you to get involved.

https://gogetfunding.com/zagreb-red-sox-baseball-field-construction-phase-1-backstop/?fbclid=IwAR3LMbSefXb3geNXuyjPZz0Q3kFffbTq8xItV6jbuJqQJ8Zpw5iMjpoRF4w

Help kids from Zagreb to get their baseball field. Phase 1: building a backstop. Cinderella story: the only team who is not using baseball field for practice is Little League champion in Croatia. Other 4 teams have their own baseball fields at disposal 24/7. All we need is equal opportunity. U.S. Am

While you can't visit this grand ship at the present, you can at least enjoy a bit of our storied history.https://m.face...
05/14/2020

While you can't visit this grand ship at the present, you can at least enjoy a bit of our storied history.

https://m.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial/photos/a.165972651740/10156724686406741/?type=3

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Happy Thursday Constitution fans! Check out this photo of Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves, Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard, overseeing the transfer of guns from USS Constitution to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, 1921! Join us every day at 10 a.m. Eastern Time for a Facebook Live tour of the ship, and you can ask us questions in the comment section! Huzzah!

05/10/2020
Today, May 8th, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, otherwise known as Victory in Europe, o...
05/08/2020

Today, May 8th, marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, otherwise known as Victory in Europe, or VE Day.

Please take a moment to salute those WW II veterans who are still with us, those who have passed, and those who gave their last full measure and never got to celebrate VE Day with their comrades and families.

"To the shores of Tripoli..."On this day in 1805 during the First Barbary War,  Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and his Mari...
04/28/2020
U.S. agent William Eaton leads U.S. forces “to the shores of Tripoli”

"To the shores of Tripoli..."

On this day in 1805 during the First Barbary War, Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and his Marines hoisted the American flag at the Battle of Derne and the rest is history.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/this-day-in-history/to-the-shores-of-tripoli

After marching 500 miles from Egypt, U.S. agent William Eaton leads a small force of U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries against the Tripolitan port city of

Although, due to COVID-19, the Ancients will not be marching in the two parades we traditionally take part in to commemo...
04/18/2020

Although, due to COVID-19, the Ancients will not be marching in the two parades we traditionally take part in to commemorate Patriots' Day on Monday, we can still celebrate our direct connection as Ancients to the "midnight ride" that took place on April 18, 1775.

On April 8, 1768, William Dawes was elected as a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and became the Company's second sergeant in 1770.

In September 1774, Dawes was instrumental in helping Boston's militia artillery company secure its four cannons from British army control. The Massachusetts Provincial Congress sent word to him in February 1775 that it was time to move two of those weapons out of Boston.

Dawes was assigned by Doctor Joseph Warren to ride from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts, on the night of April 18, 1775, when it became clear that a British column was going to march into the countryside. Dawes' mission was to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that they were in danger of arrest. Dawes took the land route out of Boston through the Boston Neck, leaving just before the British military sealed off the town.

Also acting under Dr. Warren, Paul Revere arranged for another rider waiting across the Charles River in Charlestown to be told of the army's route with lanterns hung in Old North Church. To be certain the message would get through, Revere rowed across the river and started riding westward himself. Later, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's the historically inaccurate poem "Paul Revere's Ride" would focus entirely on Revere, making him a composite of the many alarm riders that night.

BTW: None of the riders yelled, "the British are coming" as this took place before the Declaration of Independence and we generally considered ourselves British subjects at this time. Instead, the riders warned, "the regulars are coming!" in reference to the British Army troops coming to seize the colonial firearms and ammunition.

So...

Listen my friends and take a moments pause, to hear of the midnight ride of William Dawes!

A member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company who rode for the Patriots' cause

But was left out of Longfellow's poem, One of its major flaws

Dawes managed to evade capture by British troops, unlike his silversmith counterpart of greater fame,

So when we celebrate Patriots' Day, let's not forget to raise a glass and toast his good name!

03/26/2020
Wreath Laying Social Media Post with Taps.mp4

Courtesy of Colonel Barney Barnum, USMC (Ret.), fellow Ancient, and Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient.

Below is a link to a video of past wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating Medal of Honor Day. The ceremony was cancelled this year, but I know in our hearts, we pause today and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice over the years to ensure the freedoms our great country enjoy and the principles we stand for endure.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JnCVrN4pSi7_tLUn-ftfQ1yat8BQAoTl/view?usp=drive_web

Taking a moment from COVID-19 to celebrate and reflect on the wartime contributions of so many unsung heroines.
03/21/2020

Taking a moment from COVID-19 to celebrate and reflect on the wartime contributions of so many unsung heroines.

To our grand old Company - happy birthday!The oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere and third...
03/17/2020

To our grand old Company - happy birthday!

The oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere and third oldest in the world. Chartered March 17, 1638 and still going strong.

Here's to members past, present, and future - may we continue to honor our traditions, preserve our history, and value our camaraderie!

The Daughters of the American Revolution Luncheon were hosted by the AHAC at our Headquarters, Armory, and Museum in Fan...
03/06/2020

The Daughters of the American Revolution Luncheon were hosted by the AHAC at our Headquarters, Armory, and Museum in Faneuil Hall with special guest speaker, Museum Curator LT Chuck Fazio.

Our guests were thrilled with the venue and the presentation by LT Fazio. After his speech, questions were posed and answered, and all got to tour the Museum before heading back to their hotel. The visitors were truly impressed!

Thank you to LT Chuck Fazio, Museum Curator, for a great job!

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!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=428540048099993&id=104728439562954

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.

#WhyIServe #Knowyourmil
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.

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Release of The Noble Train The story of a twenty five year old Boston bookseller who dragged 60 tons of cannons to George Washington and saved the American Revolution
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?