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
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,
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.