MENANDS, NY-A New York Army National Guard Color Guard joins Civil War reenactors and members of the Patriot Guard, in honoring Civil War Soldier 1st Sgt. William Francis, a member of the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first Black unit to fight in the Union Army. Local Civil War historians identified Francis' unmarked grave at historic Albany Rural Cemetery and arranged for the Veterans Administration to provide a new stone to mark his final resting place.
Francis, who enlisted as a private, served throughout the Civil War, including the 54th's assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, made famous in the 1989 movie "Glory".
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The Saratogian -- Sat, 21 Nov 2015 New Air Guard exhibit opens at New York State Military Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS-- A Soviet-made anti-aircraft gun captured by U.S. Marines during the 1991 Persian Gulf War is the focal point of a new exhibit at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake... (more)
Times Union -- Thu, 19 Nov 2015 Exhibit explores nearly 100 years of NY Air National Guard "Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard" is a new exhibit that opens Saturday in the New York State Military Museum on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.
Air Force Magazine -- Tue, 17 Nov 2015 Last Viper from Syracuse The New York National Guard recently inaugurated a combat-veteran F-16A, now on display outside the state's Guard joint forces headquarters in Latham, N. Y.