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Photos from Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First's post
08/08/2021

Photos from Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First's post

Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates General Order No. 3 being read in Galveston, T...
06/19/2021

Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates General Order No. 3 being read in Galveston, Texas in 1865. General Order No. 3 stated:

"in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

We encourage you to follow other historical organizations’ Facebook and Instagram stories throughout the day for videos and articles about the legacy of this important anniversary.

#history #equality #learning #education #civilwar #museum

Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates General Order No. 3 being read in Galveston, Texas in 1865. General Order No. 3 stated:

"in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

We encourage you to follow other historical organizations’ Facebook and Instagram stories throughout the day for videos and articles about the legacy of this important anniversary.

#history #equality #learning #education #civilwar #museum

While many people in the U.S. are commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States' 'stars and stripes' flag, we at ...
06/15/2021

While many people in the U.S. are commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States' 'stars and stripes' flag, we at the VAFCC are also commemorating the 246th "birthday" of the U.S. Army which was founded June 14th 1775.

#history #militaryhistory #flagday #usarmy #hbd

While many people in the U.S. are commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States' 'stars and stripes' flag, we at the VAFCC are also commemorating the 246th "birthday" of the U.S. Army which was founded June 14th 1775.

#history #militaryhistory #flagday #usarmy #hbd

Today we join our colleagues at Worcester Police Department in remembering fallen officer and hero Enmanuel Familia who ...
06/10/2021

Today we join our colleagues at Worcester Police Department in remembering fallen officer and hero Enmanuel Familia who passed while saving others. RIP Sir.
(Photo courtesy of WPD page)

Today we join our colleagues at Worcester Police Department in remembering fallen officer and hero Enmanuel Familia who passed while saving others. RIP Sir.
(Photo courtesy of WPD page)

Today we honor the bravery and sacrifices of Allied troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy 77 years ago. #Dday #WWII...
06/06/2021

Today we honor the bravery and sacrifices of Allied troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy 77 years ago.

#Dday #WWII #veterans #militaryhistory #history #militarymuseum #museum #remembering #normandy

Today we honor the bravery and sacrifices of Allied troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy 77 years ago.

#Dday #WWII #veterans #militaryhistory #history #militarymuseum #museum #remembering #normandy

"So today let songs be soft and sweet,For this flowering springtime of the year.We sing for those who once were young,An...
05/31/2021

"So today let songs be soft and sweet,
For this flowering springtime of the year.
We sing for those who once were young,
And once were happy – and once were here.”
-excerpt of "Requiem" by Lenore Hetrick

Video from the ceremony at Mount Auburn Cemetery will be posted to the member section of our website later this week.

#memorialday #inmemoriam #monstratviam #monstratmonday #museummonday #history #historymuseum #militarymuseum

"So today let songs be soft and sweet,
For this flowering springtime of the year.
We sing for those who once were young,
And once were happy – and once were here.”
-excerpt of "Requiem" by Lenore Hetrick

Video from the ceremony at Mount Auburn Cemetery will be posted to the member section of our website later this week.

#memorialday #inmemoriam #monstratviam #monstratmonday #museummonday #history #historymuseum #militarymuseum

05/31/2021

Today is a very special day, today we honor all of our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice to our Commonwealth and our great Nation.

To our Gold Star families, you continue to inspire us with your strength and resilience.

We will never forget.
#honorthefallen

Today we have a #FlashBackFriday photo in celebration of International #JazzDay: The 211th Coastal Artillery #Band durin...
04/30/2021

Today we have a #FlashBackFriday photo in celebration of International #JazzDay: The 211th Coastal Artillery #Band during WWII!

Jazz Day was founded by UNESCO in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. "

#museum #music #FBF

Today we have a #FlashBackFriday photo in celebration of International #JazzDay: The 211th Coastal Artillery #Band during WWII!

Jazz Day was founded by UNESCO in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. "

#museum #music #FBF

☕ Begun in 2016 in the UK to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, Tea Day (not to be confused with Iced Tea Day in June) has ...
04/22/2021

☕ Begun in 2016 in the UK to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, Tea Day (not to be confused with Iced Tea Day in June) has gained popularity here in the United States as well! 🍵

You can sip in FCC style with the mugs seen here, available in our #museumshop on the VAFCC website!

☕ Begun in 2016 in the UK to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, Tea Day (not to be confused with Iced Tea Day in June) has gained popularity here in the United States as well! 🍵

You can sip in FCC style with the mugs seen here, available in our #museumshop on the VAFCC website!

Monstrat Viam Corporal!
04/20/2021

Monstrat Viam Corporal!

Changing Careers: Finding a Rewarding Path and Making a Positive Difference
Story by Sgt. Tricia Andriski, Massachusetts National Guard

Making the decision to change careers may not be easy, but it can lead to rewarding opportunities. Cpl. Ciara O’Connor, 747th Military Police Company, Ware, Mass., made a brave choice to change her career path when she found a new passion for helping others.
Since she was young, O’Connor saw herself becoming a teacher. Seeing her future self in the classroom, she would imagine herself reading books to others and teaching classes. O’Connor wanted the opportunity to be a positive role model for others, especially children.
“I want to be that light, showing them that they are strong, capable and know what they can be,” said O’Connor.
Before graduating high school, O’Connor joined the Massachusetts National Guard. As the first person in her family to join the military, O’Connor saw it as an opportunity to help her community.
“My best friend and I went into the military police. That’s when I realized I have a second passion, for law enforcement and helping others in a different way,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor was accepted into the Protection Partnership Program, a fulltime police academy run in partnership with the Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts State Police. The program trains military police and security forces members in civilian law enforcement practices, as well as assists them in finding civilian career opportunities.
“I think it’s a great program, merging the military side of law enforcement with the civilian side,” said O’Connor. “Being able to go back to my unit and show them ways to apply their training has been beneficial. It’s definitely good to be that helpful hand for others.”
Although the military made the transition easier, O’Connor said the decision to change career paths was not easy.
“In the moment I was scared; I was definitely taking a leap of faith,” said O’Connor. “If you’re gut feeling is telling you it’s time for a change, take that leap and go for it. Live out your life fully.”
“No one expected me to become a police officer,” O’Connor said about her family. “They are all very supportive and know this is a hard time for police and military personnel. They’ve been by my side through it all and supported every decision.”
O’Connor is able to be a role model for children and young females by showing them they’re able to take on a different career, one that they might not have believed they could.
“With the younger kids, they’re wide-eyed when they see me. They say ‘Wow, a girl police officer!’” said O’Connor.
O’Connor’s current police chief is supportive of her visiting the local schools, he knows how much it means to her. She is able to encourage the children to believe in themselves and keep looking forward.
“Being able to sit and have lunch with them is the highlight of my day,” said O’Connor.
The career shift has been very rewarding for O’Connor. Being a police officer is a job that has allowed her to help many people, and she hasn’t looked back.
“Seeing peoples’ faces, when you’re there in their most difficult time, they know that you’re there to help them,” said O’Connor. “It’s rewarding knowing that I’m making a difference in other people’s lives.”

PHOTO:
Cpl. Ciara O’Connor, 747th Military Police Company, Ware, Mass., with Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, Massachusetts Adjutant General, and Steven M. Sargent, Chief of the Worcester Police Department, at her graduation from the Police Academy in January, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Today marks the 246th anniversary of the Revolutionary War's beginning. In 1775 the Cadets had temporarily disbanded in ...
04/19/2021

Today marks the 246th anniversary of the Revolutionary War's beginning. In 1775 the Cadets had temporarily disbanded in protest over Sir Thomas Gage's dismissal of John Hancock from the position of commander, however some Cadets joined the local militia in battle.
#patriotsday #museummonday #militarymonday #history #massachusetts #localhistory #monstratmonday #revolutionarywar

Today marks the 246th anniversary of the Revolutionary War's beginning. In 1775 the Cadets had temporarily disbanded in protest over Sir Thomas Gage's dismissal of John Hancock from the position of commander, however some Cadets joined the local militia in battle.
#patriotsday #museummonday #militarymonday #history #massachusetts #localhistory #monstratmonday #revolutionarywar

#MilitaryMonday #NationalParkWeek
04/19/2021
Preserving Veterans Stories in National Parks

#MilitaryMonday #NationalParkWeek

America’s national parks stand as great monuments to the history of our nation, in all its beauty and imperfection. The over 400 parks protected by the National Park Service (NPS) preserve countless stories – the histories of our leaders, our visionaries, our civilians, and ourselves. Some

❔Did you know that April 11th is #NationalPetDay? 🐕🐈‍ 🐠We're a little late, but here is Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michell...
04/12/2021

❔Did you know that April 11th is #NationalPetDay? 🐕🐈‍ 🐠We're a little late, but here is Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michelle Abrams and her faithful steed Silver at Full Circle Stables LLC courtesy of Paula Gentile Photography.
#horses #pets #equestrian #bestfriends

❔Did you know that April 11th is #NationalPetDay? 🐕🐈‍ 🐠We're a little late, but here is Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michelle Abrams and her faithful steed Silver at Full Circle Stables LLC courtesy of Paula Gentile Photography.
#horses #pets #equestrian #bestfriends

📢 Our online shop is back up and running! 🛍️ You’ll find #books about military #history, #postcards with historical imag...
03/24/2021

📢 Our online shop is back up and running! 🛍️ You’ll find #books about military #history, #postcards with historical images, mugs, decals, and more!

Visit VAFCC.org to browse the #museumstore and show your support for the VAFCC.

📢 Our online shop is back up and running! 🛍️ You’ll find #books about military #history, #postcards with historical images, mugs, decals, and more!

Visit VAFCC.org to browse the #museumstore and show your support for the VAFCC.

03/20/2021
Curator's Corner Episode 3

Join Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michelle Abrams for a quick historical chat about the Cadets' famous white uniform!

One can never have too much MP green. Happy Saint Patrick's Day !
03/17/2021

One can never have too much MP green. Happy Saint Patrick's Day !

One can never have too much MP green. Happy Saint Patrick's Day !

We’ve called in reinforcements for our IT team! 👩‍💻 Petty Officer Drake (who you may remember from the 2019 New England ...
03/15/2021

We’ve called in reinforcements for our IT team! 👩‍💻

Petty Officer Drake (who you may remember from the 2019 New England Museum Association conference) is helping us get our ducks in a row for the next installments of Curator’s Corner as we wait for SGT Mallard to arrive. 🦆🦆

#MuseumMonday #Monday #History #videoediting #rubberducks #tech #teamwork #militarymuseum

We’ve called in reinforcements for our IT team! 👩‍💻

Petty Officer Drake (who you may remember from the 2019 New England Museum Association conference) is helping us get our ducks in a row for the next installments of Curator’s Corner as we wait for SGT Mallard to arrive. 🦆🦆

#MuseumMonday #Monday #History #videoediting #rubberducks #tech #teamwork #militarymuseum

03/08/2021
HERstory

Happy International Women's Day!

🎥 We are excited to announce that we have new filming equipment! We apologize for the delay in bringing you the next ins...
03/05/2021

🎥 We are excited to announce that we have new filming equipment! We apologize for the delay in bringing you the next installment of Curator's Corner as our staff sets up the new technology. 👩🏻‍💻

Thank you for your patience!

🎥 We are excited to announce that we have new filming equipment! We apologize for the delay in bringing you the next installment of Curator's Corner as our staff sets up the new technology. 👩🏻‍💻

Thank you for your patience!

02/22/2021

Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michelle Abrams will #dressitup a bit during this week’s installment of Curator’s Corner, highlighting a uniform from the 1870s (much like the one pictured here).

See you on Friday!

#history #museum #museummonday

📅 Don't forget! 📚On Thursday evening, Captain Jonathan D. Bratten will discuss his recently published book, "To The Last...
02/15/2021

📅 Don't forget! 📚

On Thursday evening, Captain Jonathan D. Bratten will discuss his recently published book, "To The Last Man," about the Maine National Guard’s “103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War.”

This virtual event is FREE!

Attendees must register in advance: https://www.vafcc.org/rsvp-form

#bookstagram #book #author #history #wwi #militaryhistory #authortalk #reading #educational #maine #newengland

📅 Don't forget! 📚

On Thursday evening, Captain Jonathan D. Bratten will discuss his recently published book, "To The Last Man," about the Maine National Guard’s “103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War.”

This virtual event is FREE!

Attendees must register in advance: https://www.vafcc.org/rsvp-form

#bookstagram #book #author #history #wwi #militaryhistory #authortalk #reading #educational #maine #newengland

Join the VAFCC and Captain Jonathan D. Bratten on February 18th at 6pm for a virtual evening of military history. Captai...
02/08/2021

Join the VAFCC and Captain Jonathan D. Bratten on February 18th at 6pm for a virtual evening of military history.

Captain Bratten will discuss his recently published book, "To The Last Man," about the Maine National Guard’s “103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War.”

The event is FREE!

Attendees must register in advance: https://www.vafcc.org/rsvp-form

Captain Jonathan D. Bratten is an engineer officer and National Guard historian from Maine.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐

More about the book: Historian and Army Captain Jonathan Bratten provides the rich history of a Maine National Guard unit, the 103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War. Lessons exist throughout the book and Bratten's storytelling brings to life America's relationship with World War I in the stories of men who left the comforts of home and traveled to the other side of the earth to fight "to the last man."

A Combat Studies Institute Press publication.

#bookstagram #book #author #history #wwi #militaryhistory #authortalk #reading #educational #maine #newengland

Join the VAFCC and Captain Jonathan D. Bratten on February 18th at 6pm for a virtual evening of military history.

Captain Bratten will discuss his recently published book, "To The Last Man," about the Maine National Guard’s “103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War.”

The event is FREE!

Attendees must register in advance: https://www.vafcc.org/rsvp-form

Captain Jonathan D. Bratten is an engineer officer and National Guard historian from Maine.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐

More about the book: Historian and Army Captain Jonathan Bratten provides the rich history of a Maine National Guard unit, the 103rd Infantry Regiment, and their mobilization, training, and wartime experiences during the Great War. Lessons exist throughout the book and Bratten's storytelling brings to life America's relationship with World War I in the stories of men who left the comforts of home and traveled to the other side of the earth to fight "to the last man."

A Combat Studies Institute Press publication.

#bookstagram #book #author #history #wwi #militaryhistory #authortalk #reading #educational #maine #newengland

02/05/2021
Curator's Corner Episode 2

🚗 Take a trip back to 1919 with Craig W.C. Brown Curator Michelle Abrams and learn about some of the Corps’ municipal work during the Boston Police strike!

Today we’re looking at a Parking Ticket 🎫 from the museum collection.

#history #cars #boston #citylife #thenandnow #museum

Photos from Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First's post
02/04/2021

Photos from Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First's post

On this #snowy first Day of February, we’re thinking about the Corps’ history of assisting #Boston police to keep daily ...
02/01/2021

On this #snowy first Day of February, we’re thinking about the Corps’ history of assisting #Boston police to keep daily operations running smoothly and ensure the safety of our city’s residents. Friday’s installment of Curator’s Corner will feature a possibly unexpected #memento from one of these moments in First Corps #history.

#museummonday #museum #militaryhistory #militarymuseum

On this #snowy first Day of February, we’re thinking about the Corps’ history of assisting #Boston police to keep daily operations running smoothly and ensure the safety of our city’s residents. Friday’s installment of Curator’s Corner will feature a possibly unexpected #memento from one of these moments in First Corps #history.

#museummonday #museum #militaryhistory #militarymuseum

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Here is an emblem that was mounted on a vehicles radiator way back in the day. This has been in my collection for aprox 40 years and I treasure it as I would a medal or other special artifact.
Eugene Wentworth (in center on second row) from Peabody, MA. From photo of Headquarters Battery 211th CA(AA) Nov. 12, 1941
Col. Stuart G. Hall 211th C.A. (AA) at Camp Hulen Midland, Texas
Picture of the 211th in Midland Texas on 4/20/1941 The Roxbury Gang Top Row - E.J. Rollins, E. Mohan, E.A. Rollins, Henry Gogan, Bob Hayes Middle Row - Donald MacDonald, Pete Watson, "Ace" Heaney, "W***y" MacDonald, Bill Kennedy, "Buddy" MacDonald First Row - Fred Downey, George Aherenian, Bob "Kelly" Rubin, Charles "Tissy" Tisdale, Johnny Dixon Their full Names Top Row - Edward J. Rollins, Edward F. Mohan, Edward A. Rollins, Joseph H. Gogan, Robert L. Hayes Middle Row - Donald R. MacDonald, Peter J. Watson, R. Ace Heaney, William D. MacDonald, William J. Kennedy, Buddy MacDonald First Row - Fred L Downey, George R, Aherenian (George Changed surname to Roland after the war), Robert K. Rubin, John C. Dixon
This museum is a breathtaking place full of historical gems that make American history come alive.