Today's the first Monday in June and that means it was once again time for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, founded in 1638, to hold its annual march through downtown to commemorate its changing of the guard.
Although the company itself fired no weapons, it was accompanied, as usual, by troops of Minutemen, who periodically stopped to fire their muskets into the air. And on the Common, three howitzers from the Massachusetts National Guard's 101st Field Artillery Group, positioned next to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, fired 19 rounds as Gov. Healey and Lt. Gov. Driscoll walked onto the Common.
Howitzers go boom:
From their headquarters at Faneuil Hall, the company marched up Congress Street and then State, where they passed the Old State House:
Healey was escorted to review the assembled companies and troops:
A few ladies supported the laddies:
After firing a round, it was time to reload the muskets for another:
A row of schoolkids lined the path through the Common; some saluted the passing companies:
Unlike muskets, pointy pikes never misfire or jam: