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.

Operating as usual

2021 Drum Head Election and Change of Command - June 7, 2021
07/12/2021

2021 Drum Head Election and Change of Command - June 7, 2021

On this 4th of July we celebrated with the reading of the Declaration of Independence. It was read by Captain Commanding...
07/04/2021

On this 4th of July we celebrated with the reading of the Declaration of Independence. It was read by Captain Commanding Robert Imlach at the Old State House in Boston. Thank you to all of you who joined us. (Photos by Barton Hyte)

Tradition returns to Fourth of July Celebration in Boston Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) Conducts 246st ...
06/30/2021

Tradition returns to Fourth of July Celebration in Boston

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) Conducts 246st Independence Day Parade. 4 JULY 2021

As it was first delivered to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776, by Thomas Crafts, The Declaration of Independence will again be read from the balcony of the Old State House by AHAC Captain Commanding Robert A. Imlach, JR.

Preceded at 9:00 AM by a flag raising ceremony and comments by Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey at City Hall Plaza and parade from the City Hall Plaza to the Old State House featuring military and historical revolution era militia units and bands. The event will mark the 246th Fourth of July celebration and re-opening of Boston to visitors throughout the region and nation.

The parade is scheduled to stop at the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street for wreath laying exercises at the graves of Revolutionary patriots; include three (3) signers of the Declaration of Independence - John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine, and revolutionary Paul Revere.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere, founded by a member of the Honourable Artillery Company of London. AHAC’s charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop. “AHAC” membership has included 13 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, 4 Presidents of the United States and service men and women that have fought in every war and conflict in service to their colony, Commonwealth, and Nation.

Tradition returns to Fourth of July Celebration in Boston

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) Conducts 246st Independence Day Parade. 4 JULY 2021

As it was first delivered to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776, by Thomas Crafts, The Declaration of Independence will again be read from the balcony of the Old State House by AHAC Captain Commanding Robert A. Imlach, JR.

Preceded at 9:00 AM by a flag raising ceremony and comments by Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey at City Hall Plaza and parade from the City Hall Plaza to the Old State House featuring military and historical revolution era militia units and bands. The event will mark the 246th Fourth of July celebration and re-opening of Boston to visitors throughout the region and nation.

The parade is scheduled to stop at the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street for wreath laying exercises at the graves of Revolutionary patriots; include three (3) signers of the Declaration of Independence - John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine, and revolutionary Paul Revere.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere, founded by a member of the Honourable Artillery Company of London. AHAC’s charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop. “AHAC” membership has included 13 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, 4 Presidents of the United States and service men and women that have fought in every war and conflict in service to their colony, Commonwealth, and Nation.

Congratulations to the Pulaski Sergeants (2020-2021, top) for your effort and attention to duty during the particularly ...
06/21/2021

Congratulations to the Pulaski Sergeants (2020-2021, top) for your effort and attention to duty during the particularly challenging year of COVID-19. Well done! Your tour as sergeants is now over, you've earned that traditional June Day beverage - Cheers!

Congratulations to the Iberian Knights Sergeants (2021-2022, bottom). Your year has just begun but, judging by your attentiveness at the June Day sergeants suite, you're off to a great start. Keep up the good work and tradition of service to the Company!

Congratulations to the Pulaski Sergeants (2020-2021, top) for your effort and attention to duty during the particularly challenging year of COVID-19. Well done! Your tour as sergeants is now over, you've earned that traditional June Day beverage - Cheers!

Congratulations to the Iberian Knights Sergeants (2021-2022, bottom). Your year has just begun but, judging by your attentiveness at the June Day sergeants suite, you're off to a great start. Keep up the good work and tradition of service to the Company!

Happy Flag Day and Happy 246th Birthday to the US Army!
06/14/2021

Happy Flag Day and Happy 246th Birthday to the US Army!

Happy Flag Day and Happy 246th Birthday to the US Army!

The election of officers has traditionally taken place the first Monday in June since 1638.Congratulations to The Ancien...
06/07/2021

The election of officers has traditionally taken place the first Monday in June since 1638.
Congratulations to The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company’s 313th Captain Commanding, CPT Robert Imlach.
The Change of Command between last year’s Captain Commanding, MAJ John Welch, and CPT Imlach will take place today, June 7 on the Boston Common.

The election of officers has traditionally taken place the first Monday in June since 1638.
Congratulations to The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company’s 313th Captain Commanding, CPT Robert Imlach.
The Change of Command between last year’s Captain Commanding, MAJ John Welch, and CPT Imlach will take place today, June 7 on the Boston Common.

We will never forget.
05/31/2021
Memorial Day 2021 - Baker-Polito Administration

We will never forget.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito recognized Memorial Day by participating in the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund's Flag Garden ceremon...

A few photos from the 383rd FFDTD at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
05/23/2021

A few photos from the 383rd FFDTD at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.

In 1935, a law was enacted mandating the Governor of the Commonwealth to issue a proclamation on May 20 each year declar...
05/22/2021

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. Lafayette's connection to Boston is significant. So much so that while he is buried in Paris, he rests under Boston soil from the Battle of Bunker Hill.

This year a detachment of the AHAC Color Guard consisting of LT Robert Collins and LT Richard Kingsborough was provided by MSG Jerry Kelly to carry the national colors of the United States of America and the Republic if France in a commemoration ceremony on Boston Common at the Lafayette monument.

The event was hosted by the Massachusetts Lafayette Society and the Consul General of France, Arnaud Mentré. Following the posting if the Colors, a proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker was read in both English and French to mark the occasion.

Last night, 03MAY2021, the following officers were elected to lead the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company during th...
05/04/2021

Last night, 03MAY2021, the following officers were elected to lead the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company during the 2021 - 2022 command year:

Captain Commanding: Robert A. Imlach
1st Lieutenant: David Chiampa
2nd Lieutenant: Timothy Haraden
Quartermaster: Lawrence Willwerth
Paymaster: James Littleton
Commissary Officer: Brett Henry
Pers'l Adj. and Clerk: Arthur Conrad

COMMITTEES:
Finance Cmte: Brian Kane
Military Museum & Library: Leonid Kontratiluk
Trustees of the Permanent Fund: David Anderson

To all of those elected to serve the Company during the coming command year, CONGRATUALTIONS and HUZZAH!

Last night, 03MAY2021, the following officers were elected to lead the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company during the 2021 - 2022 command year:

Captain Commanding: Robert A. Imlach
1st Lieutenant: David Chiampa
2nd Lieutenant: Timothy Haraden
Quartermaster: Lawrence Willwerth
Paymaster: James Littleton
Commissary Officer: Brett Henry
Pers'l Adj. and Clerk: Arthur Conrad

COMMITTEES:
Finance Cmte: Brian Kane
Military Museum & Library: Leonid Kontratiluk
Trustees of the Permanent Fund: David Anderson

To all of those elected to serve the Company during the coming command year, CONGRATUALTIONS and HUZZAH!

Captain's Quarters, Headquarters, Armory, and Museum of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company.We're not back in our ...
05/01/2021

Captain's Quarters, Headquarters, Armory, and Museum of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company.

We're not back in our home in Faneuil Hall yet but hopefully soon.

Captain's Quarters, Headquarters, Armory, and Museum of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company.

We're not back in our home in Faneuil Hall yet but hopefully soon.

A commemoration marking 384th anniversary of the Salem Muster and the founding of the National Guard took place on Satur...
04/23/2021

A commemoration marking 384th anniversary of the Salem Muster and the founding of the National Guard took place on Saturday, 17 April 2021 in Salem, Massachusetts.

While this year's event was significantly paired down over past years (other than last year's cancellation), Governor Baker, Mayor Driscoll, and MG Gary Keefe, Massachusetts Adjutant General, were in attendance.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company was represented on Salem Common along with representatives of the four oldest National Guard Units, designated as the 181st Inf, 182d Inf, 101st FA and 101st Engineers, derived from the three original North, South and East militia regiments, and the Second Corps of Cadets, as well as the National Lamcers.

Nine members of the Company present: LT Tom Goodfellow - AHAC 1st Lieutenant, OIC, MG Gary Keefe - Massachusetts Adjutant General, BG Len Kondratiuk, LT Robert Imlach -CC elect, LtCol Mike Waberk – Adjutant, CPT Gerald McCarthy – PC, LTC James Marques - Color Bearer, LT Robert Collins, & COL Lawrence Willwerth - AHAC Quartermaster.

A commemoration marking 384th anniversary of the Salem Muster and the founding of the National Guard took place on Saturday, 17 April 2021 in Salem, Massachusetts.

While this year's event was significantly paired down over past years (other than last year's cancellation), Governor Baker, Mayor Driscoll, and MG Gary Keefe, Massachusetts Adjutant General, were in attendance.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company was represented on Salem Common along with representatives of the four oldest National Guard Units, designated as the 181st Inf, 182d Inf, 101st FA and 101st Engineers, derived from the three original North, South and East militia regiments, and the Second Corps of Cadets, as well as the National Lamcers.

Nine members of the Company present: LT Tom Goodfellow - AHAC 1st Lieutenant, OIC, MG Gary Keefe - Massachusetts Adjutant General, BG Len Kondratiuk, LT Robert Imlach -CC elect, LtCol Mike Waberk – Adjutant, CPT Gerald McCarthy – PC, LTC James Marques - Color Bearer, LT Robert Collins, & COL Lawrence Willwerth - AHAC Quartermaster.

To Her Majesty, Captain-General of the HAC, and all of our brothers and sisters in the Honorable Artillery Company of Lo...
04/09/2021
Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

To Her Majesty, Captain-General of the HAC, and all of our brothers and sisters in the Honorable Artillery Company of London, please accept the deepest condolences from Captain Commanding MAJ John Welch on behalf of the members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company on the sad occasion of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE. Prince Philip was admitted to the HAC in 1957 and was also an Honorary Member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-11437314

Prince Philip, the Queen's husband of 73 years, had recently spent time in hospital with an infection.

Today, March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day.The Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously issued combat decoration ...
03/25/2021

Today, March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day.

The Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously issued combat decoration of the United States Armed Forces.

According to the Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States, there have been 3,526 Medals of Honor awarded to 3,507 individuals since the decoration's creation, with over 40% awarded for actions during the American Civil War.

Nineteen service members have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice.

Since the start of U.S. involvement in World War II, over half of all Medals of Honor have been awarded posthumously.

25 American servicemen have received the Medal of Honor since 9/11, 9 of them posthumously.

Eleven (11) recipients of the Medal of Honor are, or were, members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

Today, March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day.

The Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously issued combat decoration of the United States Armed Forces.

According to the Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States, there have been 3,526 Medals of Honor awarded to 3,507 individuals since the decoration's creation, with over 40% awarded for actions during the American Civil War.

Nineteen service members have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice.

Since the start of U.S. involvement in World War II, over half of all Medals of Honor have been awarded posthumously.

25 American servicemen have received the Medal of Honor since 9/11, 9 of them posthumously.

Eleven (11) recipients of the Medal of Honor are, or were, members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

A memory from "the before times" (with hopes for future parades in the not too distant future).In 2017 the Ancient and H...
03/19/2021

A memory from "the before times" (with hopes for future parades in the not too distant future).

In 2017 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, led by Captain Commanding BG Robert Welch, marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland where "Irish eyes were smiling..." 🍀

A memory from "the before times" (with hopes for future parades in the not too distant future).

In 2017 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, led by Captain Commanding BG Robert Welch, marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Galway, Ireland where "Irish eyes were smiling..." 🍀

March 17th - truly a historic day worth celebrating!2021: Happy St. Patrick's Day / Evacuation Day!  (St. Patrick, among...
03/17/2021

March 17th - truly a historic day worth celebrating!

2021: Happy St. Patrick's Day / Evacuation Day! (St. Patrick, among other things, drove the snakes out of Ireland. May he also drive COVID from our lives!)

1901: Evacuation Day declared a holiday by the City of Boston

1776: British troops evacuate Boston without incident or loss of life to either side involved in the seige.

1737: Boston holds its first St. Patrick's Day parade

1638: the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is incorporated

March 17th - truly a historic day worth celebrating!

2021: Happy St. Patrick's Day / Evacuation Day! (St. Patrick, among other things, drove the snakes out of Ireland. May he also drive COVID from our lives!)

1901: Evacuation Day declared a holiday by the City of Boston

1776: British troops evacuate Boston without incident or loss of life to either side involved in the seige.

1737: Boston holds its first St. Patrick's Day parade

1638: the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is incorporated

A Generall Courte, houlden at Boston, the 13th of the First Month, A D 1638.Orders for the Military Company...For those ...
02/13/2021

A Generall Courte, houlden at Boston, the 13th of the First Month, A D 1638.

Orders for the Military Company...

For those of you familiar with our Headquarters, Armory, Museum, and Library atop Faneuil Hall, the names: Keayne; Duncan; Sedgwick; and Spencer can be found upon looking to the heavens.

A Generall Courte, houlden at Boston, the 13th of the First Month, A D 1638.

Orders for the Military Company...

For those of you familiar with our Headquarters, Armory, Museum, and Library atop Faneuil Hall, the names: Keayne; Duncan; Sedgwick; and Spencer can be found upon looking to the heavens.

While there are number of memes on the internet today about writing in cursive, the original Charter the Ancient and Hon...
02/13/2021

While there are number of memes on the internet today about writing in cursive, the original Charter the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1638 predates modern cursive and is in a league all its own!

A printed copy (or translation for some) follows in the next post.

While there are number of memes on the internet today about writing in cursive, the original Charter the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1638 predates modern cursive and is in a league all its own!

A printed copy (or translation for some) follows in the next post.

Boston Police Commissioner, and fellow Ancient, William Gross has announced his retirement.  Thank you Commissioner Gros...
01/30/2021

Boston Police Commissioner, and fellow Ancient, William Gross has announced his retirement. Thank you Commissioner Gross for your decades of dedication and service to the people of Boston and the Commonwealth.

Facta non verba!

Boston Police Commissioner, and fellow Ancient, William Gross has announced his retirement. Thank you Commissioner Gross for your decades of dedication and service to the people of Boston and the Commonwealth.

Facta non verba!

Boston Police Commissioner, and fellow Ancient, William Gross has announced his retirement.  Thank you Commissioner Gros...
01/30/2021
Police Commissioner Gross - Signing Off

Boston Police Commissioner, and fellow Ancient, William Gross has announced his retirement. Thank you Commissioner Gross for your decades of dedication and service to the people of Boston and the Commonwealth.

Below is a link to the BOD video of his final radio address as Commissioner.

Facta non verba!

https://youtu.be/UC_w2L6Kz3U

Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross Issues Final Radio Sign-Off While Thanking Department Members for their Service to the City of Boston During His ...

January 2021Greetings to My Fellow Ancients and a Happy New Year to All,Our august Company has persevered through many c...
01/06/2021

January 2021

Greetings to My Fellow Ancients and a Happy New Year to All,

Our august Company has persevered through many challenges over its 383 years but none in recent memory has kept us so apart as the current pandemic. Nevertheless we persevere!

As our fellow Ancient, President Calvin Coolidge once famously said, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence... Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On!' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

It is my honor to serve as your Captain Commanding during this year of formidable challenges. I am grateful to the past Captains who have helped to build resiliency into the very fabric of our Company and I am proud of the work that my staff has been doing behind the scenes to make sure that the Company not only perseveres but lays a strong foundation for future Captains to build upon.

I am also proud to share that there have been countless instances over the last year where individual Ancients as well as Ancients in small groups have reached out to their brothers and sisters in the Company and to others in need in their communities to help them overcome the challenges brought forth by this terrible plague. In short, they have helped them to persevere.

Whether by a phone call, a card, an email, or by supporting Ancient-owned businesses or local charities, each of these acts, and others, have demonstrated that the bonds of camaraderie forged as members of our Company may be tested but they will not be broken!

A new year is now upon us. No doubt it will bring with it new challenges but also increased hope. Hope that the vaccine, which is even now being distributed, is effective and will be widely and quickly available. Hope that our historic home in Faneuil Hall will be open as soon as is practical. Hope that we will see our brother and sister Ancients once again in three dimensions – not just via Zoom!

I wish each of you and your family all of the best for the year to come. May we continue to be there, in good times and bad, to help celebrate and support each other in this and in future years. My we continue to honor and live by the motto of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Facta non verba!


Respectfully yours,


MAJ John F. Welch
312th Captain Commanding (2020-2021)
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
of Massachusetts

Address

4 Faneuil Hall Sq
Boston, MA
02109

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 3:30pm
Thursday 9am - 3:30pm
Friday 9am - 3:30pm

Telephone

(617) 227-1638

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Category


Comments

Temple de la Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain. One of the sites you must visit on the 2021 Fall Field Day Tour of Duty - Iberian Adventure. Unfortunately I couldn't post the photos due to privacy settings.
I understand that there should not be a public gathering for a reading of the Declaration tomorrow from the Old State House. But does this mean this would be the first time since 1777 that is is skipped? Perhaps someone could recite the Declaration from the balcony to an empty street and stream the reading over the internet.
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?
Our Assumption: in 1981 POU had hacked a Plan for Western Uganda to Secede, join Rwanda Burundi and Eastern DRC, Kivu Region! Evidence: TODAY M23 and ADF REBELS are co-opted! Required: Everyone should Follow A Precedent which was set up in 1973 when the then Emerging 2nd Islamic State In Uganda (I.S.I.U.) Fighters had cornered the Guerilla Leader, President Yoweri Museveni, then away from his home Region of Western Uganda but this time was safe in new BAALE ZONE (MBALE Territory). * While avoiding the planting of GUNS and BULLETS/TREASON Case, How Museveni was well treated in new BAALE Zone (Mbale), Eastern Uganda is the way to set free Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Purpose: to fight Intolerance. Please feel free to click here
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 .