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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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