The Guam National Guard and island leaders celebrated the U.S. National Guard’s 383rd Birthday Friday morning during a flag-raising ceremony at the Guam Congress Building.
During the ceremony this morning, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes addressed the gathering, saying: “As the wife of a retired Guardsman and the mother of proud active Guardsman, I, of all people, understand the many challenges you and your loved ones have.”
“Each and every one of you here today,” said the Speaker, “have stepped up to serve our beautiful island to protect our families and most importantly, to protect our freedoms which many of us take for granted.”
On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America organized in Massachusetts.
Today, the descendants of these first regiments share the distinction of being the oldest units in the U.S. military.
Dec. 13, 1636, thus marks the beginning of the organized militia, and the birth of the National Guard’s oldest organized units is symbolic of the founding of all the state, territory and District of Columbia militias that collectively make up today’s National Guard.
“Our members have and continue to serve honorably around the world to defend our way of life,” said Maj. Gen. (GU) Esther J.C. Aguigui, The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard.
“And they proudly step up and leave their homes to protect our island and help with recovery efforts following natural disasters. Always Ready, Always There!”
The Guam National Guard and island leaders celebrated the U.S. National Guard’s 383rd Birthday this morning during a flag raising ceremony at the Guam Congress Building. https://t.co/yKjM3iBGGx