VIDEO: National Guard Celebrates 380 Years Today After Being Established In 1636
By Fox News // December 13, 2016
Established on Dec. 13, 1636
ABOVE VIDEO: The National Guard celebrated its 380th birthday Tuesday with a series of special events across the country and overseas.
(FOX NEWS) – The National Guard celebrated its 380th birthday Tuesday with a series of special events across the country and overseas.
The Guard traces its birthday to Dec. 13, 1636, when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law establishing formal militia companies consisting of all adult males older than 16.
The New York National Guard planned a cake-cutting ceremony. The event Tuesday afternoon at the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in Latham was set to include a symbolic re-enlistment ceremony for new members of the New York Army and Air National Guard.
The traditional military cake will be cut by the youngest and oldest National Guard members present — 17-year-old Private Cameron Thompson and 59-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Robert Wold.
In Germany, service members from U.S. Africa and European Commands celebrated the Coast Guard’s birthday at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart last week.