For Immediate Release - December 13, 2011

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES NATIONAL GUARD'S 375th ANNIVERSARY

Mass. National Guard's 375th
(Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office)

BOSTON – Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – Governor Deval Patrick today delivered remarks and presented a proclamation to the Massachusetts National Guard during the celebration of the Guard’s 375th birthday in the House Chambers at the State House.  

“As we celebrate the 375th birthday of the National Guard, our thoughts go out to all guard members currently serving at home and abroad,” said Governor Patrick. “We also remember those who have come before us and fought for the principals our nation was founded upon.”

“Last year, Governor Patrick authorized a new law designating the City of Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services. “In doing so, our Administration recognizes the rich history of the National Guard in Massachusetts. As we come together to celebrate the 375th birthday, we continue to honor past and present members of the National Guard who have bravely served our Commonwealth and country.”

“Today’s birthday reminds us that the National Guard has a long and proud heritage," said National Guard Major General Joseph Carter. "The first militia was formed before the country and continues to have a key role in the defense of our commonwealth and nation. The Guard is a well-organized, well-trained and well-equipped force with the same intent as the original militia that was formed in 1636; To protect our homeland, deter aggression and defend the freedoms we cherish that so many generations of Service Members have fought for.”

The Massachusetts National Guard has the four oldest organizations in the United States Army serving within its ranks. The military lineage of the 101st Engineer Battalion, the 101st Field Artillery Battalion, the 181st Infantry Battalion and the 182nd Infantry Battalion, all still part of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, which are all traced back to the original 1636 regiments.

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