AHAC Sponsors Veterans Event (Bedford, MA)On 25 November,
the Military Support Committee on behalf of the entire Company
sponsored a bingo and pizza party at the VA Hospital in Bedford,
MA. In addition to our Captain Commanding Francis J. Magaletta,
assisting on-site at the event were LTC Fred Maguire, 1SGT
Ronald Massa 2001/2002 Chairman of the event, and several
of his 2001/2002 Sergeants including COL Dave O'Brien, LT
Arthur Conrad, LT George Pesaturo, LT Mike D'Auria, and LT
F. Kelley Landolphi.
The group awarded lots of cash prizes for bingo, hosted
a collation of pizza, soda, and desserts, presented a custom
made "Thank You Veterans" card with a small cash
gift to each of the 31 veterans present, and also presented
several gifts to the hospital including a Yamaha electric
piano and accessories in memory of our fellow Ancient 1LT
Vincent N. DeLuca who passed away in September while a resident
at the hospital.
Wreath Laying , Civil War Monument, Milk Row Cemetery (Somerville,
Monday, 11 November 2013.
On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the
dedication of Somerville's Civil War Monument at Milk Row
Cemetery, six local members of the Ancient & Honorable
Artillery Company of Massachusetts from around Somerville,
rendered honors to the 136,000 men of Massachusetts and the
1,485 from Somerville who served in the American Civil War
by a few chosen comments, a wreath laying, and taps.
AHAC Hosts Change of Command Ceremony(Boston, MA)
The AHAC Armory/ Museum served as venue for a Change-of Command
Ceremony for the Boston Military Entrance Processing Station.
LCDR Richard E. Schmitt was relieved by LCDR Walter L. Stack.
Presiding officer was CMDR Jose G. Hernandez, commander of 2nd
Battalion, United States Military Entrance Processing Battalion
Command and the New York Military Entrance Processing Station.
All of these officers are well educated, experienced line officers
responsible for insuring that all new armed forces recruits
meet the mental, physical and moral standards required by the
branches of the armed forces for which they were recruited.
The MEPs are referred to as Freedoms Front Door.
Boston MEPS dates from 1 July 1965 originally designated as
Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station, re-designated
MEPS in January 1982. Boston MEPS is located on the 4th floor
of the Barnes Building in South Boston.
As always the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of
Massachusetts is honored to provide a fitting historically
significant venue for military ceremonies such as this change-of-command.
Preserving and enhancing these ceremonial traditions are among
our basic missions as a Company.