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Massachusetts National Guard to host 376th First Muster event in Salem

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 5, 2013 11:37 AM

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In maintaining a tradition important to the city of Salem, the Massachusetts National Guard is coming to Salem to celebrate the annual First Muster event that commemorates the founding of the U.S. National Guard.

This is the first muster ceremony since President Barack Obama signed legislation recognizing Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard earlier this year.

The recreation of this historic event kicks of at 9:30 a.m. with a ceremony at St. Peter's Church across from the Museum Place Garage. Another ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Armory Park, across from the main entrance to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Participants and attendees alike will then march to the Salem Common for the actual muster ceremony, which will include a flyover and cannon salute.

The history of the National Guard began in 1637 with that First Muster, a militia gathering on Salem Common where all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 engaged in a weekly training to prepare to work as a military organization.

The event is organized and conducted by the Second Corps Cadets Veterans Association along with the Salem Veterans Council and the Massachusetts National Guard.

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