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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NY National Guard In the News
News 12 -- Sat, 17 Mar 2018 NY Army National Guard prepares for Afghanistan deployment Members of the New York Army National Guard are set to leave home and prepare to serve overseas in Afghanistan. 300 members of the New York Army National Guard are spending their last day... (more)
Saratogian -- Sat, 17 Mar 2018 Irish soldiers mourned WWI losses on St. Patricks Day, 1918 SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. --March 7, 1918 was the day the New York National Guardsmen of the 69th Infantry Regiment, New York Citys Fighting 69th, experienced their first major combat loss during... (more)
Defense.gov -- Wed, 14 Mar 2018 'Fighting 69th' to Lead New York Citys St. Patrick's Day Parade for 167th Year ALBANY, New York, March 14, 2018 More than 800 New York Army National Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, will lead the worlds largest St. Patricks Day Parade for the... (more)