By William Tauro
The City of Somerville is very blessed in many different ways.
Here in the city we have a wealth of many different active service clubs and organizations such as the Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, the Masons and Eastern Star just to name a few.
Most of these clubs and organizations consist of many local residents as members all teaming up and doing the thing that they do best and that is helping people in need.
Another organization that hits close to home here in the Ville is The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Charted in 1638 by then Governor Winthrop.
Many Somerville. residents are and have been members of the Ancient Honorables for many years.
On occasion, they also serve as the governor’s honor. guard for visiting dignitaries.
There are over nine hundred members of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery. Company of Massachusetts, the. oldest charted. military unit in the. United. States.
It is the third oldest in the world.
Recently one hundred twenty eight members of the Ancients visited Moscow and St. Petersburg.
They were the first to carry the American flag to the Kremlin in ninty five years.
Their mission is to be good ambassadors.
They travel around the world honoring brave men and women who gave their lives for our country during time of war.
Photo below: Was taken in Russia this past year and all three gentlemen are Somerville Residents.
L to right: LT Jim Veneziano, LTC Larry Willwerth and CPT Joe Benoit in St. Petersburg, Russia