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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.

NY National Guard In the News

midHudsonnews.com -- Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Naval Militia practices coastal searches on Hudson

PEEKSKILL -- New York Naval Militia sailors are spending the weekend practicing day and night searches of coastal areas of the Hudson off Peekskill and Haverstraw.

WSYR -- Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Seven good Samaritans honored for helping rescue National Guard Officer in fiery Thruway crash

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two New York Army National Guard soldiers along with five civilians are being honored for risking their lives to save a National Guardsman from a fiery car crash on the... (more)

Time Warner Cable News -- Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Thousands Raised in Support of National Guard Members and Families

COLONIE, N.Y.-- Cold weather couldn’t deter hundreds from hitting the pavement in support of service members. The 7th Annual Hometown Heroes Run raised thousands for New York National... (more)

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