Posted 5 years ago
Obama just signed this law last week, now Salem Ma is the final home of the National Guard
Here is my wife's G.Great Grandfather in 2nd Company of Cadets from Salem, He died Oct 3, 1872 His wife had his son 1873. These are 3 8/10 of bigger pictures she had and the letter about him die.
New law recognizes National Guard's start in Salem
January 12, 2013
SALEM — A new federal law recognizes the city of Salem, Mass., as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard.
The White House says President Barack Obama signed the measure Thursday.
The measure says the first militia in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Salem was organized in 1629.
Colonists had adopted the English militia system, which required males between 16 and 60 to participate in the community's defense.
The measure says the regiment that was the predecessor to the 101st Engineer Battalion first assembled in 1637 on Salem Common.
That marked the beginning of the Massachusetts National Guard and the U.S. National Guard.