Friday, May 13, 2011

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

The The Ancient and Honorable Artillery co. of Massachusetts are a military fraternity society formed in 1638. One of the first colonial Militias, they were first referred to as "Artillery" in 1690, and were called "Ancient and Honorable" in 1737. In 1746, they transferred from Province house to Faneuil Hall, their headquarters ever since, with a few exceptions for when the Hall was being enlarged or restored. A member of the Company read out the Declaration of Independence for the first time from the balcony of the Old State House, and the Ancients served valiantly in the Revolution. Unfortunately, when the militia system was effectively abolished, the Company was not included in the newly formed National Guard. In more recent history, the Ancients (of which John F. Kennedy was a member) bought two bombers in the Second World War to serve in Europe. The Ancients are still around and have a lovely museum in Boston's Faneuil Hall( no, there are not two Faneuil halls, at least to my knowledge), which is highly recommended.

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