|FANEUIL HALL, BOSTON - Hats off to the
Lions Pride Sergeants for hosting another highly successful
event! This years Toys for Tots toy drive was held Monday
evening, 1 December, and brought together over two hundred of
our fellow Ancients and guests to the Armory for a great evening
in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for
Tots toy drive. The Ancients have long supported the Toys
for Tots Program by donating new, unwrapped toys which are collected
and distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children
throughout the Greater Boston community. To date, the Marine
Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 469 million toys
to over 220 million children nationwide. It was estimated that
between $5000 and $8,000 in toys, clothing and cash contributions
were donated at last Monday evenings event in support
of Toys for Tots as well as the New England Homeless Veterans
Association of Boston. Im really proud of our guys
for their support of this charitable event, said Captain
Commanding Gerry McCarthy, and Im especially proud
of the Lions Pride Sergeants for organizing what was a
really great time for us all.
20 October 2014. Union Oyster House. Boston
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has plans to
make Massachusetts Great, and he shared his hopes and dreams
and plans for the Commonwealth at a private fundraising event
hosted by BG Joe Milano, PC, at the Union Oyster House, on Monday
afternoon, October 20th. Among the large crowd of Ancients and
other supporters in attendance at the event was Captain Commanding
Gerry McCarthy, who took the opportunity to present Charlie
Baker and the candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito,
each with a black Ancients emblem sweater jacket and a gold
watch. Charles Duane Charlie Baker is recognized
for his skill as a prominent business leader and local politician.
He has experience as a cabinet official under two Massachusetts
governors and spent ten years as CEO at Harvard Pilgrim Health
Photo: From left, former Gov. Bill Weld, Karyn Polito,
CPT McCarthy and Charlie Baker at the Union Oyster House
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 Airports 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
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
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
Guards 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 officers sword and a monetary award toward the purchase
of the graduates 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
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.