The Sergeants are the backbone of the Ancient and Honorable
Artillery Company of Massachusetts. They help it stand tall
throughout the year. They are "on duty" during most
of their twelve months...more so than most members realize.
Since the chartering
of the Company we have had Sergeants holding office. Six
Infantry and six Artillery elected by the membership.
In March of each year the call goes out for those who wish
to submit their names for this coveted office. Any member
is eligible to run who has been in the Company two or more
years. Realistically, there should be a through briefing of
the candidtates to sttrongly impress upon them the rigors
and responsibilities of this position. It is no place for
someone who just wants to be rocognized. Many sergeants have
priviously served in the Company's Color
At parade functions
such as the Fourth of July, the review of the Mass Military
Academy, Patriots Day and others, the Sergeants are there
in a body. At the funeral of each Ancient who passes away
during the year, the Sergeants also attend as part of the
Honor Guard. At the graduation ceremonies of the Mass. Military
Academy, the Sergeants make a gift of a dress uniform to the
"outstanding cadet." In December the Sergeants arrange
a Toys for Tots Event. Members bring in toys and also clothing
to benefit the Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
The Sergeants have their own Quarters with lockers at the
far right of the Armory
and this area is 'off limits' to all non-officer personnel
except these twelve men.
As the Sergeants assemble around the Drumhead: to count the
ballots for the election of new Officers (more
info June Day Parade), there is naturally a healthy mixture
of relief, nostalgia, and pride. And, of course, close comreadeship
with each other. Here are sergeants of diverse backgrounds,
military service, occupations, and incliniations who, over
tweleve months, develop into a close-knit cohesive unit.
Hail to the Sergeants ...For Firsts & Traditions
by 1st Sergeant Ron Massa
Your Not an Ancient Until You've...by Lt.Col. Jack