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National Guard Turns 375
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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News Observer -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm... (more)

Niagara Gazette -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 Wintry Weather New York (Photo) New York Army National Guard soldiers from the 152nd Engineer Company use heavy equipment to assist in snow removal efforts Thursday in West Seneca.

Department of Defense -- Fri, 21 Nov 2014 New York National Guard responds to historic snowfall in Western New York BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 --For some 375 or so members of the New York National Guard called out to assist in western New York’s snow emergency, the biggest impression was the stark... (more)

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