375th Anniversary of The First Muster

The funny thing about history is that once someone tells you the facts, you’re inclined to believe them, especially if there are events associated with those specific dates and facts.

That being said, this past Saturday marked the 375th Anniversary of The First Muster of the National Guard in 1637, according to the ceremony (and the much-appreciated updates from the Haunted Happenings Magazine). But when I went on the National Guard’s website, it states that they celebrated their 370th birthday in 2006…so…wouldn’t that mean that it began in 1635?

Governor Deval Patrick proposed a bill to officially recognize Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard. Up until the beginning of this month, it was waiting to be passed by the Senate, and since it’s not a bill that proves the existence of Republican time travel, everyone was sure it was going to be passed. Now that it has, it’s a nice boost to Salem’s economy, although it appears to have pissed off four people.

Regardless, that doesn’t detract from the fact the Guard is an organization steeped in history, cares about its Guardmembers and even has a mobile app, unlike its younger brother, the self-congratulatory and Call of Duty-excelling army.

Great period costumes, cute horses, good weather and tons of people out with their families on the Common to commemorate whatever this was supposed to be.

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One thought on “375th Anniversary of The First Muster

  1. The debate about when and where the beginnings of the National Guard happened have been around for a while, which is why it’s important that we choose one of the proposed ones and sign it into a bill. Look at it this way: The Declaration of Independence was written between June 12-27th, first read to congress on June 28, independence was literally first declared to Britain on July 2nd which was the day congress officially approved it, but it was adopted on the 4th (which is the date that appears on the document), was first publically read on July 8th, and the signing of it by congress was on August 2nd. John Adams thought July 2nd would be remembered as the momentous day, and it wasn’t until later that an official date was chosen. The funny part is, the congress lied and said they all signed it on the 4th, but it wasn’t actually signed until a month later!

    There are countless other similar situations in history (especially British history!) where it’s impossible to find a precise date so one is chosen. When it comes to the First Muster, most historians agree on Salem, the only issue left is the pride and traditions of other places who claim it happened there.

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