Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Honoring Massachusetts' Brave Soldiers

Today the Massachusetts State House welcomed Major General Scott Rice of the Massachusetts National Guard and the Army and Air National Guard Units who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Cannons positioned next to the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial located at the top of the Boston Commons were fired to salute these brave soldiers and to commence the start of the event, which took place at the State House’s Memorial Hall.

During today’s ceremony, units from the Massachusetts National Guard were awarded Battle Streamers by Governor Patrick honoring their efforts supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

On December 13, 1636 the Massachusetts National Guard, then the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia, was established by legislative order.  Since then, the Massachusetts National Guard has created a rich and storied history serving the state and the Nation for over 375 years, including almost every American war from 1775 to the present.

Today’s event provided me with a wonderful opportunity to thank those who continue to serve us overseas protecting the Commonwealth, the nation, and democracy.

Posted below are several photos that were captured at the event including one where Executive Officer of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Lt Col David Hencke, presented me with a commemorative 54th Regiment lapel pin.