- May 2, 2018
-- The Pontifical Swiss Guard was founded in 1506 making it the oldest chartered military organization in the world. The AHAC first went to the Armory of the Pontifical Swiss Guards at the Vatican and then will attend the Papal audience held on Wednesday. Later in the week the AHAC have been invited to attend the swearing in ceremony of the new members and will be provided a tour of the Pop's summer residence. The two organizations respectively represent the first and third oldest chartered military organizations in the world.
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere, founded by a member of the Honourable Artillery Company of London. Its charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop. The "AHAC" is the 3rd oldest chartered military organization in the world behind the Swiss Guard, founded in 1506 and the Honourable Artillery Company of London, founded in 1537. The membership has included 10 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, 4 Presidents of the United States and service men and women that have fought in every war and conflict in service to their colony, Commonwealth, and Nation.
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