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Dedication of USO Travel Center

Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy joined USO President and CEO Dr. J. D. Crouch II on Friday, 12 September, at the dedication and opening of the new USO Travel Center at Logan International Airport’s Terminal E. The USO has had an active presence at Logan Airport for over 30 years, and the new Travel Center and lounge has been expanded to better accommodate the needs of traveling service members and their families.

“We are proud to be able to provide the USO with this new, larger space as they continue their important work supporting our troops and their families,” said Edward Freni, Director of Aviation at Massport.

At nearly twice the size of the previous USO center at Logan Airport, the new location is approximately 1,400 square feet and offers a large seating and living room space as well as an expanded refreshment counter and luggage storage area. Other amenities include a recreation room featuring video games and reading materials, and a designated charging area for portable electronic devices.

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Presentation at the Armory

On Thursday, 11 September, Major General Peter M. Aylward, USA Retired, made a formal presentation to the Company at the Armory acknowledging our partnership with the Department of Defense in commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the War in Vietnam. This special event also acknowledged the faithful and dedicated service of all Vietnam Veterans, and in particular those members of the Company present who served in Vietnam. On behalf of the United States Government, MG Aylward presented a memento of the occasion to each Veteran present as a special Thank You for their service.

A Tale of Two Leaders - Reunited

We previously reported on Major General Peter M. Aylward's formal presentation at the Armory in acknowledgement of our partnership with the Department of Defense in commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the War in Vietnam. It was a special event for all Vietnam Veterans in attendance, but there's another story behind the story. As it turns out, our own Captain McCarthy and Major General Aylward have known each other for over thirty-five years. Long ago, when both were much younger men, they worked together as wheelmen for Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown, loading supplies and groceries onto trucks for further distribution throughout the Greater Boston area. One day, one man told the other that he would be leaving his job to join the National Guard, and the other said he would remain and become a member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company. Time passed, both men became very successful, and after thirty-five years they were reunited in the Armory at Faneuil Hall.

Photo: left to right, from the top down: BG Emery Maddocks, Bob Gillen and Frank Kemp. Next row: Charlie Holden, Larry Willworth and Ted Monac. Next row: Ed Covell, LTC Walt Stamper and LTC Michael Lavey. Alone is John Welch and in the front row: Major General (Ret)Peter Aylward, Michael Dunn, Capt. Gerry McCarthy, Chuck Fazio and LTC Dick Botelho.

Tall Ships Return To Boston In 2017 (Boston, MA)

On 3 September, Captain Commanding Gerry McCarthy and Adjutant Colonel John Arthur Moore joined Mayor Marty Walsh on the Boston waterfront at the public announcement of the return of the Tall Ships to Boston Harbor for the International Rendez-Vous Regatta scheduled for June, 2017. Fifty vessels from 20 countries are expected to participate in the spectacular five-day event which is being orchestrated by non-profit Sail Boston Inc., as well as the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the U.S. Coast Guard and MassPort. The last visit by the Tall Ships to Boston was in 2009 and the greatly-anticipated 2017 event is expected to attract millions of spectators from around the world to the Boston Waterfront and vicinity.

REGIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE CAMP EDWARDS, JOINT BASE CAPE COD:

Captain Gerard C. McCarthy, Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, presented two awards to OCS graduate 2nd Lt. Vincent Ross, Class 081, during a commissioning ceremony held at Camp Edwards on Saturday, 9 August. Camp Edwards is home to the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School which is located at the Regional Training Institute. The Institute, formerly known as the Massachusetts Military Academy, is located on Cape Cod in Barnstable County and is home to the oldest state-run Officer Candidate School in the nation. Previously, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts had been responsible for training military officers within the Commonwealth and in tribute to this long, historic association, the AHAC recognizes the top graduate of each OCS class with the presentation of an officer’s sword and a monetary award toward the purchase of the graduate’s first dress blue uniform. The Regional Training Institute is commanded by Major Robert S. Boshans and the Presiding Officer at the event was Brigadier General Francis M. McGinn. Captain McCarthy is a resident of Burlington and became the 306th Captain Commanding of the AHAC on 2 June, 2014.

Photo: 2nd Lt. Ross (center) with Captain McCarthy (R) and Colonel Moore (L) of the AHAC.

1LT Domenic Previte and members of AHAC pay tribute to MAJ George Maynard (Waltham, MA)

A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was remembered on Wednesday as a group of eleven members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts visited Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham. At 10AM a special ceremony took place at the gravesite of Major George H. Maynard a member of their company. Maynard, a Medal of Honor recipient, served his country in the Civil War and received his country's highest military award for rescuing a fallen comrade under heavy enemy fire. United States, Grand Army of the Republic, and Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts flags were placed at the gravesite. Taps was played. First Lieutenant Domenic Previte, educated in the Waltham school system, was in charge of the event and read the Medal of Honor Citation. The AHAC has remembered Maynard since his passing in 1927 by holding an annual tribute at his gravesite. Maynard's uniform and Congressional Medal of Honor are on display at the Armory, fourth floor, Faneuil Hall in Boston.

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company is the oldest chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere. First organized as militia for the protection of settlers following the landing at Plymouth, the Ancients have been a continuous presence in Massachusetts since 1638. The Company, whose headquarters and public museum are at Faneuil Hall, has seen its members deployed in every conflict in the nation's history, from the Bunker Hill to Yorktown, the War of 1812, the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and today, Afghanistan. Committed to camaraderie and honoring both present and past sacrifices made to protect our freedom, the Ancients participate in numerous memorial and charitable activities and parades throughout the year. (Photographs courtesy MSG Gerard Kelly)

June Day Parade (Faneuil Hall - Boston Common, Boston, MA)

(17 May 2014) For Immediate Release: Honorable Artillery Company of London, UK to particpate in June Day Parade (Faneuil Hall - Boston Common - Trinity Church). 150 Members of the HAC to march in parade and participate in change of command ceremony. Photograph courtesy Glenn Otto (HAC).

This year a contingent of 150 members of the Honourable Artillery Company of London will join the AHAC for the June Day celebration and ceremonies. Included within the visiting contingent will be members of the active Territorial Army Regiment, the Regimental Band, the Corps of Drums, veteran members, a delegation from the London Special Constabulary and the Pikemen and Musketeers, official bodyguard of the Lord Mayor of London. The HAC is the oldest regiment in the British Army, chartered by Henry VIII in 1537. The AHAC visited London this past October and participated in several ceremonies with the HAC. The men who organized the AHAC in 1637 were for the most part veterans of the HAC. The relationship among our two organizations was redeveloped in the late 1800s and continues to this day with periodic visits back and forth across the Atlantic. Members of the HAC active unit serve periodic deployments to Afghanistan just as our National Guard. They have lost 2 members killed in action and several wounded. We celebrate our traditions and our bands of friendship.

Parade will start at Faneuil Hall adjancent to Government Center and proceed to Boston Common for change of command ceremony. Read more about the June Day Parade.

 

Patriots' Day (Government Center, Boston, MA)

On Monday, 21 April 2014, fortytwo members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, led by Captain Frank Magaletta, CC Participated in the annual Patriots day parade. We assembled at the Union Oyster House for a pre parade collation, hosted by General Milano, PC. We reassembled at city hall plaza at our usual time but met with a schedule change due to units not arriving on time. At approximately 0945 hours Mayor Marty Walsh arrived in his bright blue Boston Marathon jacket and the ceremony commenced. We were accompanied by other militia units, Jr ROTC school groups, 2 bands and the Boston Fire and EMS honor guards. The individuals on the steps were recognized as were all of the groups present. This was followed by the pledge of allegiance and the playing of the National Anthem. Remarks were given by the Mayor and the Lt. Col overseeing the event and a medley of service songs were played. At this point the ceremony was concluded without the traditional parade. This was due to street closures and security concerns due to the running of the Boston Marathon. All units were dismissed by the adjutant. Following the ceremony, Captain Magaletta CC and his staff proceeded to the burial grounds were wreaths were laid and taps was played at the graves of William Dawes and Paul Revere.

Presidents' Day Event (Faneuil Hall Armory, Boston, MA)

Medal of Honor Recipient CPT Thomas Hudner (center) with AHAC Captain Commanding Francis Magaletta (left) and guests at Presidents Day Ceremony at AHAC Armory, Faneuil Hall. Boston, MA
(Photograph LT Barton Hyte)

New President John F. Kennedy Exhibit Opens (Boston, MA)

A new photograph of the Presient J.F. Kennedy is put on display at the AHAC Armory. (read more information)

238th "First Flag" Observance (Somerville, MA)

The Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts participated in the in the 238th raising of the first American Flag, the “Grand Union Flag” at 12:00 Noon Wednesday 1 January 2014 on Prospect Hill, Somerville, to honor of its past and current members who supported the cause for liberty and freedom today and those who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Under fife and drum a mounted “General George Washington”, Somerville City Officials, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, HM 10th Regiment of Foot, the Charlestown Militia, the American Legion Post 19, and over 250 individuals, many in colonial attire, marched in winter conditions from Somerville City Hall to Prospect Hill. A brief ceremony including historic information, patriotic songs, and a ceremonial flag-raising concluded the event.

Photographs Skip Murray Photography. Used with permission.


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, MA)

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 “Freedom’s 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.


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