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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Saratogian -- Fri, 21 Jul 2017 2 new exhibits open at Military Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. --The story of New York National Guards horse cavalry and World War I poster art are the subject of two new temporary exhibits at the New York State Military Museum.
WKBW -- Thu, 20 Jul 2017 Two tornadoes touched down in Erie County on Thursday BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Not one, but two tornadoes touched down in Erie County on Thursday.
house.gov -- Thu, 20 Jul 2017 Rep. Zeldin Delivers Floor Speech Recognizing 106th Rescue Wing, NY Air National Guard Washington, DC - On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizing the 106th Rescue Wing, New... (more)