LATHAM-- The National Guard of the United States turns 375 Years old today,Dec. 13. On this day in 1636 the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies in the colony. These companies were made up of all adult males older than 16 and were expected to meet and train in military skills regularly.In New York, the first citizen-soldiers were members of the Burgher Guard, organized by the Dutch East Indian Company in 1640 to help protect New Amsterdam from their English neighbors in Massachusetts and Virginia or from hostile natives.
Citizen soldiers of the militia and National Guard have fought in all of America’s wars from King Philips War against Native Americans in the New England Colonies in 1675 to the struggle in Afghanistan today.
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Times Union -- Mon, 05 Oct 2015 Albany Rural graveside service marks birth of President Chester A. Arthur MENANDS - A service was held Monday at the grave of President Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States.
National Guard.mil -- Mon, 05 Oct 2015 Families of New York Airmen heading to Antarctica learn about benefits at SCOTIA, N.Y. - As the 109th Airlift Wing prepares to launch its 28th season supporting Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica, the Airman and Family Readiness Programs office held the first-ever... (more)
National Guard.mil -- Sun, 04 Oct 2015 New York Guard engineers clear streams as part of Hurricane Joaquin LATHAM, N.Y. -After a week of rain, Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 204th Engineer Battalion worked hard clearing debris from select streams, on Oct. 2 to make room... (more)