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

Grand Union Flag Raising – First Flag Raising

A Reenactment of the Raising of America’s First Flag

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

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

First Flag Raising Event Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/27/2019
America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/09/2019
U.S. Army Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/05/2019

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

10/04/2019

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

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

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

More, including video, to come!

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

The bridge of the Croatian Navy's Faust Vrancic.

Thanks for your hospitality!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos courtesy of John Wilcox, Mayor's Office Photographer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/04/2019
Boston 25 News

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

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

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

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

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

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company would like to welcome our newest member, General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of...
06/19/2019

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 prou...
06/18/2019

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.

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4 Faneuil Hall Sq
Boston, MA
02109

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Tuesday 09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:30
Thursday 09:00 - 15:30
Friday 09:00 - 15:30

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