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,
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.