The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company would like to welcome our newest member, General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
We are the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere chartered in 1638.
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company would like to welcome our newest member, General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau.
June 17, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill.
The waistcoat of American General Joseph Warren who died in that battle is proudly displayed to this day (see included photo) in the Armory & Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts located in the top floors of Faneuil Hall in Boston.
"Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” (Attributed to William Prescott at the Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775)
While, technically, a victory for the British, the resulting casualties led one British general to write in his diary, “A few more such victories would have shortly put an end to British dominion in America.”
In just two hours of fighting, 1,054 British soldiers—almost half of all those engaged—had been killed or wounded, including many officers. American losses totaled over 400.
A testimony to both American resolve - and marksmanship.
The battle had demonstrated that inexperienced militia were able to stand up to regular army troops in battle. The militia had been underestimated as an unruly, ragtag mob by the British and that proved to be a costly mistake.
Subsequently, the battle discouraged the British from any further frontal attacks against well defended front lines. American casualties were comparatively much fewer, although their losses included General Joseph Warren and Major Andrew McClary, the final casualty of the battle.
The battle led the British to adopt a more cautious planning and maneuver execution in future engagements, which was evident in the subsequent New York and New Jersey campaign, and arguably helped rather than hindered the American forces. Their new approach to battle was actually giving the Americans greater opportunity to retreat if defeat was imminent. The costly engagement also convinced the British of the need to hire substantial numbers of foreign mercenaries to bolster their strength in the face of the new and formidable Continental Army.
It's a great day when we can celebrate both Flag Day and the birthday of the US Army.
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Army! The U.S. Army was officially founded on June 14th, 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized the formation of a federal Army in which our colonial expert riflemen could enlist for a period of one year. #ArmyBirthday #Army244 #FlagDay
On June 3rd the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company continued it's tradition of holding it's Drum Head Election on the Boston Common. Congratulations to our new Captain Commanding, CPT Nick Schiarizzi. More pictures to follow.
The Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company recently presented the Fisher House of Boston with a check for $5000 to help with the wonderful work they do in housing military families while they are receiving medical treatment.
37,297 flags were planted this year in the city where the American Revolution began -- one to honor each Massachusetts veteran who made the ultimate sacrifice. #MemorialDay
Lest we forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the true meaning of Memorial Day.
AHAC Elections will be held in the Armory on Monday13MAY2019.
(5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Judge Samuel Sewall 1652-1730
Great men are capable of great mistakes and such is the story of Judge Samuel Sewall who joined the Military Company in 1679. Sewall was born at Bishop-Stoke England in 1652. He came to New England in 1661 and graduated Harvard in 1671and a second degree in 1674. His father Henry Sewall had emigrated to New England and developed a very prosperous estate. Samuel
married Hannah Hull and thereby acquired a considerable fortune of his own. Samuel began his commercial life as a bookseller.
Sewall was admitted a freeman in 1678 and immediately began his public career. He joined the Military Company in 1679. He was captain of a Boston militia company 1684-1694 then appointed Major of the Regiment. He served Boston on many committees and various offices including the council.
Sewall’s appointment with destiny came in May 1692 when he was appointed one of the judges for the trial of persons charged with witchcraft in Salem and environs. Nineteen of the accused tried before this special court were found guilty and executed. Over several years Sewall’s conscience was severely troubled by this trial and its result. On 14 June 1697 at the Old South Meeting House the minister publicly read a note from Sewall as Sewall stood in the congregation as Reverend Mr. Willard read it aloud; acknowledging his guilt in the decisions taken by the court and asking the pardon of both God and man. Unfortunately the apology and confession were five years late for those put to death for witchcraft, eighteen hung and one pressed to death.
Sewall was appointed a judge of the Superior Court in 1692 and Chief Justice in 1718. He served until 1728 when he resigned for advanced age. He was also a probate judge for the County of Suffolk 1715 - 1728. He was a supervisor of the press 1n1681. He publicly opposed the war with the Eastern Indians and was known as “a good friend to the aborigines of every tribe.” He was the first in Boston to publicly oppose domestic slavery and later spoke favorably for emancipation of all African slaves.
In the Military Company of the Massachusetts he had actively served as First Sergeant 1680), as Ensign (1683) and Captain Commanding (1701). He was renowned as a man of great piety and service to the public. Even great men make great mistakes and perhaps grow from them.
Source: History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts by Oliver Ayer Roberts, 1895
by BG Emory Maddocks
On April 25th the Ancients hosted an exhibit from The Guards Museum in London.
The tour of this exhibition has a very limited run in the United States and its only stop in Massachusetts was at the Armory and Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in the top floors of Faneuil Hall, Boston.
The Guards Museum, located close to Buckingham Palace and within Wellington Barracks, is the headquarters of the five regiments of Foot Guards - the Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. Together with the two regiments of cavalry, The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, they comprise Her Majesty’s Household Division.
The tour highlighted the proud history of these five iconic regiments, their role and relevance today, the history of the museum and the challenges it faces in these austere times.
The museum's Curator brought some very rare and interesting artefacts to illustrate his talk and he shared some royal anecdotes.
For similar events in the future, make sure to check out the armory, museum, and library of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Visit our museum on the 4th floor of Faneuil Hall on April 25th to see this wonderful event.
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We mourn the loss of 3 Marine warriors KIA in Afghanistan. They served with the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve at Ft Devens.
The three deaths mark the Marine Corps' first combat casualties since March 2016.
Congratulations to Major General Keefe. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is lucky to have him as our Adjutant General, Commander of all our Air and Army National Guard.
Today, Maj Gen Gary W. Keefe, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker as his top military advisor and Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As The Adjutant General, he oversees the strategic direction, administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard with an annual budget of $450 million to ensure over 9000 soldiers, airmen and civilians are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives overseas. The National Guard protects life and property and preserves peace, order and public safety as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency within the Commonwealth.
On this March 29, Vietnam War Veterans Day, we remember those families and friends who have sacrificed so much.
Attention past and present military personnel: April 16 is Military Night at the Aleppo Shrine Circus in Wilmington. It is a terrific show indeed and only $5 with your ID.
Although we have a long history and we are the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere (1638), we are only the 3rd oldest in the world. The 2nd oldest is The Honourable Artillery Company of London (1537). The oldest is The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1506).
Two of our very distinguished members, Adjutant General MG Gary Keefe and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross visited with Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, and other senior leadership of the Massachusetts National Guard, before being briefed on the capabilities and assets the guard offers.
Every Presidents Day the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company holds a luncheon at our armory on the 4th floor of Faneuil Hall. This year's guest speaker was Captain Doucette, Commander of the Coast Guard Base in Boston. We have deep appreciation for all that our hard working and talented Coast Guardsmen and women do to keep us all safe. Sempre Paratus! (photos by Coast Guard PAO)
Congratulations to our own COL Laurence Bazer for being awarded The Legion of Merit.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Colonel Laurence J. Bazer, Deputy Director of the Joint Chaplains Office of the National Guard, receives the Legion of Merit from Maj. Gen. Gary W. Keefe, the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard during a ceremony, here, Feb. 15, 2019.
Bazer was awarded the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service while State Chaplain from November 2010 until July 2018. During that time he transformed the Massachusetts Chaplain Corps to a joint force capable of responding to the needs of Soldiers and Airmen during war and peace.
We continue to be grateful for our ongoing friendship with The Honourable Artillery Company of London shown here on the occasion of the Lord Mayor’s Show this past November. We're glad we could make up after that little spat we had in the late 1700's and early 1800's.
Although the war in Vietnam was not popular, there were men and women who answered the call when America asked. On our Fall Field Day Tour of Duty we paid our respect to those of our best and brightest that sacrificed all in South East Asia. They all were taken from us too soon. (photos by Barton Hyte) #ahac1638
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company at Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, DC. 2018
(photo by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
On our recent Fall Field Day Tour of Duty in October the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company paid tribute to The United States Marine Corps at the Iwo Jima Memorial. (photos by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
This past October 2018 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company visited Arlington National Cemetery where we laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers as well as at some of our fallen comrades such as John F. Kennedy and MOH Recipient CPT Thomas Hudner. (photos by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
Congratulations Governor Baker and Lt. Gov Polito. Thank you for sharing your time in celebration with us on Inauguration night. We are proud to serve under you. (photo by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Massachusetts has served as the Honor Guard for every incoming Governor on the occasion of his inauguration since John Hancock was Governor. We had the privilege to act as Honor Guard today for the inauguration of Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito. (photos by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
On this day in 1776 the first American flag was flown by General George Washington and his troops on Prospect Hill in Somerville, MA. The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, present on that hill in 1776, was present again today for Somerville's celebration of that event. (photo by Barton Hyte) #AHAC1638
TBT: 2011 Fall Field Day Tour of Duty in Ireland
Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company on their Fall Field Day Tour of Duty in Nassau, Bahamas 1931
On our recent Fall Field Day Tour of Duty we were invited to visit The White House.
TBT - 2012 Laying a wreath in St. Petersburg, Russia at the mass grave of the 600,000 people who died in WW2 during the 900 day siege by Germany.
It saddens us all to have to say our final farewell to such an honorable and compassionate man such as our Adjutant, Colonel Arthur O'Malley. He will be deeply missed.
COL O'Malley was a long time Yankee Division (YD) veteran who served in Division Support Command (DISCOM) and the 26th Supply & Transportation Battalion (S&T). He also served as Deputy Commander of the Massachusetts State Defense Force.
COL O'Malley was proud to serve his country and valued his work training military personnel to prepare them for deployment. He was honored to be a Colonel retired in the Massachusetts Army National Guard where he served for over 30 years. He was also the adjutant in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts leading ceremonial duties and international goodwill missions.
The AHAC and all of Massachusetts mourn the loss of a local hero. SFC Eric M. Emond was a highly decorated Marine before joining the Army Special Forces. He was on his 7th deployment when he was killed Nov 27 in Afghanistan. Our hearts weep for your widow, young daughters, parents, and siblings.
Press Release: (Boston, MA November 2018) Continuing a tradition established more than 4 decades ago, the 2018-19 Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) elected Sergeants have once again teamed with the United States Marine Corps & New England Center and Home for Veterans for an Annual Holiday Donation Drive. The event to be hosted at the AHAC Armory and Museum fourth floor, Faneuil Hall, Boston Massachusetts on Monday December 3rd. Contributions of toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and new clothing and gift cards for the New England Center and Home for Veterans are donated by AHAC members and guests. Both the USMC and NECHV will
have vans available outside Faneuil Hall on 03 December at 5:30 PM to accept donations from the public!
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year for distribution as Holiday gifts to needy children in communities in which the campaign is conducted. The Toys for Tots program wishes to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; and to unite all members of local communities. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in the Toys for Tots Program. The program is a national effort administered locally; the community in which toys will be distributed is the same community in which they are collected. The success of the program relies on volunteer support and community involvement.
The Mission of the New England Center and Home for Veterans is to extend a helping hand to men and women veterans who are addressing the challenges of addiction, trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and/or unemployment; who will commit themselves to sobriety, non-violence, and working for personal change. Headquartered in downtown Boston, the Center has served over 35,000 veterans since its inception in 1989 and is recognized as one of the most effective private veteran's transitional programs in the country.
The Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company was Chartered by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts and Governor Winthrop in 1638 to train gentlemen as officers for the Massachusetts Militia, a role which the Company fulfilled until 1912. In addition the Company has served as a ceremonial unit for the Governor and the City of Boston; and as a patriotic, fraternal organization. The Company has been headquartered at Faneuil Hall since 1745. Today’s members include distinguished professionals, businessmen, clerics, serving and retired military officers, including two Medal of Honor recipients; patriots all. Over the centuries the roll reads as a who’s who of Massachusetts history including President John F. Kennedy, President Calvin Coolidge, patriot William Dawes, MG Benjamin Lincoln, Senator Leverett Saltonstall, James Michael Curley, Christian Herter and many other prominent members of this Commonwealth. The Company operates a unique military museum with free admission on the 4th Floor of Faneuil Hall, a location the AHAC has occupied since 1746, and is open Monday thru Friday 9 AM until 3:30 PM
4 Faneuil Hall Sq
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