Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Ancient and Honorable


The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts conducted an exercise on the Boston Common yesterday afternoon, accompanied by other military units, past and present. The corner of Park and Tremont Streets was the staging area for the beginning of the parade.

This company was chartered in 1638 and was the first chartered military organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Ancient and honorable Artillery Company serves as Honor Guard to the Governor of Massachusetts, who serves as its Commander in Chief.

9 comments:

Terry Stonecrop said...

Nice shot. I like the old church steeple in the background and the reds in the uniforms and the flags. Pulls together well.

I've never seen this company. One day.

Steffe said...

Great colors here.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

We had military organizations here in Oklahoma before 1638. They wore deerskin breeches and eagle feathers.

Birdman said...

Would love to see a close-up of that uniform.

SRQ said...

Nice capture....really like all the colors. Wonderful sky too with those cirrus clouds and steeple.

John said...

Great old uniforms, interesting to see the influence of the British and French uniforms, which given the history of the State, is not that surprising. Nice to see old traditions being kept alive.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting parade, I like those old uniforms!
Léia :)

Corker2 said...

A real nice photo of those old uniforms from the past. This is another thing like I'd like to see if I ever get up to Boston. Looks like the old North Church in the background. There is so much to see in Boston. Thanks.

Les

Giuseppe Marroni said...

Nice shoot!!