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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21OCT2020HAPPY 223rd BIRTHDAY to the USS Constitution!Congratulations and thank you from the members of the Ancient and ...
10/21/2020

21OCT2020
HAPPY 223rd BIRTHDAY to the USS Constitution!

Congratulations and thank you from the members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts to
the Officers, Men, and Women who have faithfully served, and those who are serving, upon the oldest commissioned war ship afloat.

"Old Ironsides" will be celebrating its birthday with a 21 gun salute this afternoon which will be made available through the USS Constitution's FB page as well as the USS Constitution Museum's FB page.

HUZZAH!

10/14/2020
Happy birthday to our parent unit, the Honorable Artillery Company of London!https://m.facebook.com/HACLondon/photos/a.3...
08/25/2020

Happy birthday to our parent unit, the Honorable Artillery Company of London!

https://m.facebook.com/HACLondon/photos/a.308413679532689/1192058514501530/?type=3

Four hundred and eighty-three years ago, the Honourable Artillery Company was founded by a charter of incorporation granted by King Henry VIII. This marked an evolution from a Guild of Archers and Handgunmen to a military organization. Since then soldiers from the HAC have served in many conflicts, including the last two World Wars and more recently in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Our soldiers have also been deployed on operations, have delivered humanitarian relief and performed training tasks in areas as diverse as Sudan, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Historically HAC soldiers have performed a wide variety of roles - something we continue to do today. This means that we can offer a very diverse range of opportunities to our soldiers.

We are extremely proud of our history and contribution to the Armed Forces. We celebrate our birthday today, remembering the lives and accomplishments of those who have gone before us. We look forward to continued loyal service, be it in support of civilian or military endeavours.

#hac #birthday #BritshArmy #BritishArmyReserves #service #loyalty #tradition

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Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave ...
08/07/2020
Enlist Veterans in the War on U.S. Civics Ignorance | RealClearPolitics

Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

Facta non verba.

From the article:

"This Purple Heart Day, let’s remember those who have shed their blood answering the call of duty, and let us consider ways that they might help in the ongoing efforts to inspire the next generations of citizens to understand and live up to their responsibilities."

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/08/07/enlist_veterans_in_the_war_on_us_civics_ignorance.html

Today, the nation celebrates Purple Heart Day, commemorating the date, Aug. 7, 1782, when George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit, the forerunner to the current award. Today, the...

Congratulations to fellow Ancient Lieutenant General Scott "Catfish" Rice who retired on 01AUG2020  after over 40 years ...
08/05/2020

Congratulations to fellow Ancient Lieutenant General Scott "Catfish" Rice who retired on 01AUG2020 after over 40 years of service.

Facta non verba - well done!

Happy Bastille Day from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts!
07/14/2020

Happy Bastille Day from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts!

07/04/2020
Declaration of Independence Reading by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

Happy Independence Day!

The members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) of Massachusetts have the privilege of being part of many of Boston's oldest traditions. On Independence Day, we have not only the privilege of being part of another of Boston's traditions, but also the oldest continuing tradition in the nation regarding the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Each year, since 1776, the first time it was presented, a member of the AHAC has read the Declaration of Independence to the people of Boston. The first Captain Commanding to do so brought his trusted Lieutenants as armed guard to stave off any British interference. Today the challenge is COVID-19.

This year, first lieutenant Thomas Goodfellow carries on this tradition on behalf of Captain Commanding Major John Welch.

Due to restrictions imposed by covid-19, the delivery of the speech is not from the balcony of the Old State House but from within the AHAC Headquarters, Armory, and Museum on top of historic Faneuil Hall, "the Cradle of Liberty" of our nation.

A special thanks to Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston for their support and assistance with taping this historic event.

https://youtu.be/9SRERwhsFlA

This year, the City of Boston is commemorating Independence Day differently. Every year the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company do a reading of the Decla...

07/03/2020

"This week marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. As it happened, Union victory in Pennsylvania on July 3, and the surrender of Confederate forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, portended a gradual death for the Southern rebellion."

"It wasn’t the brilliance of generals, however, that decided the battle’s fate. On the shoulders of common soldiers rested the future of the nation."

https://www.city-journal.org/remembering-the-battle-of-gettysburg

It's hard to imagine that this was taken one year ago today.Imagine 11,571 people gathered today?  Hopefully someday soo...
06/26/2020

It's hard to imagine that this was taken one year ago today.
Imagine 11,571 people gathered today?

Hopefully someday soon we'll all be together again.
Until then, stay safe.

Happy 245th birthday to the United States Army and to all who have served and are serving today throughout the world."Th...
06/14/2020

Happy 245th birthday to the United States Army and to all who have served and are serving today throughout the world.

"This we'll defend!"

June Day 2020 and the changing of command ceremonies of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.Des...
06/06/2020

June Day 2020 and the changing of command ceremonies of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Despite the pandemic, social distancing, and face masks, one of Boston's oldest traditions, dating back to 1638, still continued. Our august Company still carries on!

Facta non verba.

Thank you to Captain Nicholas Schiarizzi (now PC), his Command Staff, and the Croatian Knights Sergeants for a GREAT YEAR despite the challenges at year's end.

Congratulations to our new Captain Commanding, Maj. John Welch, 1st Lieutenant Thomas Goodfellow, and 2nd Lieutenant Maj. Michael Fish!

"Ancients One and All" (2018):

There’s an annual American tradition, older than the Republic itself
And history is better lived than left to gather dust upon a shelf
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, each sergeant armed with espontoon
Has held a drumhead election since 1638 on the first Monday in June

At the Armory and Museum atop Faneuil Hall, historic units muster
Resplendent in parade uniforms, shoes polished to a high luster
Ancients gather on June Day and answer once more the call to volunteer
With the oldest charted military company in the Western Hemisphere

A wreath is laid at the King’s Chapel Burial Ground where Robert Keayne’s tomb can be found
Alongside pilgrims, patriots, and even a pirate, buried in that historic, hallowed ground
Onward to Boston Common’s Carty parade ground, named for another Ancient from long ago
March the assembled military columns, historic reenactors, and bands, row by row

National Guard Soldiers, the Constitution’s Sailors, Marines, and Airmen from the region
Join guests from the Honorable Artillery Company of London and units from the Centennial Legion
Together they all parade to Boston Common, pass in review, and then stand at attention
The Governor and Adjutant General oversee the new Captain Commanding’s ascension

Volleys ring out from the 101st Field Artillery Regiment’s howitzers atop Flag Staff Hill
Firing salutes to those who lead the Commonwealth and Company, each shot a thrill
Upon the storied drumhead the ballots are then cast
Farewell to those who served so faithfully, your year is now our common past

Our new Captain Commanding, lieutenants, and sergeants are thus voted in
Their year of challenge and adventure is now ready to begin
Events to hold and trips to plan will keep them busy from daybreak to setting sun
Much work lies ahead for these new leaders before their year is done

The largest military parade in the East Coast marches on to Copley Square where it ends
Then church services by Reverend Clergy to honor our recently-departed Ancient friends
Later that evening a grand banquet will commence, glasses charged, and then raised in several toasts
(For those sadly unfamiliar, the Ancients make extraordinary hosts)

In July the Captain Commanding reads the Declaration of Independence to a crowd standing transfixed
Another tradition of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company – this one dating back to 1776
Ancients also serve as the Governor’s Honor Guard for events both large and small
From inauguration through the traditional “Lone Walk” as the Governor departs through Doric Hall

The Company can also be seen in parades, funerals, and events both far and near
Paying tribute and bearing witness regardless of whether it is stormy or clear
New members and old share a camaraderie and a history that shines
And make friends and share moments that last their lifetimes

During its annual Fall Field Day Tour of Duty the Company has traveled the world
Paying homage to those who have fallen in solemn ceremonies with flags unfurled
From olden days of training upon Boston Common to a banquet at the Palace at Versailles
Our Company has strengthened its bonds with friends, comrades, and allies

Ancients have served this Company since our founding in 1637, and its charter in 1638
Beyond its storied history, it is the heart of its members which makes it still great
At home and abroad, without reserve, and to the fullest degree
“Facta non Verba” is the motto still lived by our ancient company!

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.

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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 .
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.