Historical Change of Command Ceremony

By: Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of MA
BOSTON - June 29, 2020 - PRLog -- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the historical parade, drum head election and change of command ceremony that has taken place every year on the Boston Common since 1638 had to be cancelled. The Outgoing Command Staff led by Cpt. Nicholas Schiraizzi and incoming staff of Cpt. John Welch consisting of 10 men, conducted a ceremonial change of command to comply with the mandated social distancing to ensure the annual historical event was not interrupted.

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.


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