Wreath Laying Mount Feake Cemetery:
Each year the First Lieutenant of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company is responsible for laying a wreath at the
gravesite of Major George H. Maynard at Mount Feake Cemetery
in Waltham Massachusetts (off Prospect Street/adjacent to
Charles River). Major George Maynard was a member of our great
company who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for
actions during the Civil War. The public is invited to observe
this ceremony. Often local political leaders and veterans
groups attend. More
information on Maynard.
Although the anniversary of the Charter is March, the most
significant ceremonial occurs in June. On the first Monday
in June the Ancients hold a Drum Head Election on Boston Common.
The tradition began with the First Muster in 1638. The sequence
of events has changed over the years, but the theme of the
day has always remained the same.
The day begins with an officers' call followed by a wreath
laying ceremony at the tomb of Captain Robert Keayne. There
is a luncheon at the Armory beginning at 11:00 AM for the
Ancients and all Parade participants. At 12:30 PM the Parade
forms on North and Congress Streets then marches to an historic
church for a religious service and the Drum Head Election
Day sermon. When the service concludes, the Parade reforms
and marches to the Boston Common where the incumbent elected
Officers appear before the Governor, our Commander-in-Chief,
or his designated representative, to surrender their commissions.
The newly elected Officers then appear before the Governor
to receive their commissions for the coming year. Following
this ceremony the Adjutant officiates at the exchange of authority
of the twelve elected Sergeants of the Company. The Ceremony
concludes with a pass in review by the Company and participants.
The day ends with an anniversary banquet at a nearby hotel.
Fall Field Day Tour of Duty:
This is the second most important ceremonial duty of the
Ancients. Its origin was the fall muster day required of all
colonial militia. This was a training day. The Company conducted
their training on Boston Common before and after the American
By 1834 the Company conducted training in nearby towns such
as: Newton, South Boston or Cambridge, In 1847 they traveled
to Concord, NH. In 1883 they traveled to New York City and
in 1887 to Montreal, Canada. These were no longer one day
training excursions, but became four or five day events. Usually
the Company exchanged military courtesies with the local militia
or military unit. They would recognize some outstanding symbol
of military significance in the area, have a banquet and then
In 1911 the Company left the continent to sail to Bermuda
for their tour of duty. In 1896 the Company had travelled
to England to visit the Honourable Artillery Company however
this was not the Fall Field day Tour of Duty which was held
at Baltimore in September of that year. It was in 1954 that
the Company flew for the first time to London.