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Yes, there is a reason a bunch of guys in uniforms were parading downtown

Ancient and honorable men. Photo by Jake Wark.Ancient and honorable dudes. Photo by Jake Wark.

The Ancient and Honorably Artillery Company, the hemisphere's oldest military unit, elects its officers the first Monday of every June and then marches to the Granary Burial Ground to lay a wreath at the gravesite of Robert Keayne - the company's first captain.

What would a historic march be without musketfire? Photo by Jake Wark.What would a historic march be without musketfire? Photo by Jake Wark.

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The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Invisible in war, invincible in peace!

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I think maybe one or two of them are Veterans. Not sure if they saw any combat though.

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Based on his unit ribbons (I can't see his individual decorations), the gentleman in front served with the USMC in Vietnam. It's hard to tell about the others and the unit may have its own system of decorations. The website says many are veterans, but it's not a requirement.

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To quote Howie Carr (and whoever he took it from), "The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company..invincible in peace, invisible in war."

UPDATE: East Cambridge, you beat me to it. I hadn't seen your post prior. Glad to know it was Curley.

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Damn. I was hoping it was part of Pride Week.

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+5

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. . . a lot today. Never heard of this unit or tradition til now.

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see above

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...you should check out their museum, on the third floor of the building in Faneuil Hall nearest the back of City Hall. There's a lot of history in that loft.

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the more they stay the same. These guys were the Yuppies of the 60's and 70's.

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They seem like Shriners with guns

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They did have lots of cool hats though - Admiral Nelson and the guards at Buckingham palace would have been jealous - they march right by my office - not sure what else they do - but it was a cool little parade.

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