Historical Change of Command Ceremony
By: Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of MA
This will be the 382nd Anniversary of the oldest chartered Military organization in the Western Hemisphere and 3rd oldest in the world. Marching with the AHAC will be units of the Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands comprised of the original militias from the 13 original colonies of the United States.
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 11 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, four 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.
Lt. Barton Hyte
Public Affairs Officer