Friday, November 21, 2008

Glory Revisited

Members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment participate in a historic ceremony to reorganize 
the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the State House in Boston, Nov. 21, 2008. 
(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Don Veitch)

Today the Massachusetts National Guard re-designated it’s honor guard to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. The Ceremony took place with in the Hall of Flags at the State House. The Governor was on hand to personally recognize the unit to acknowledge the descendant of William H. Carney, the first African American and to earn the Medal of Honor.
In addition to the re-designation, 31 units of the Massachusetts National Guard were awarded their campaign streamers for actions in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The Soldiers started of the ceremony by entering the State House through the grand front doors. Historically, the front doors of the State House are only opened when the Governor leaves  office, the President or a foreign Head of State arrives and when Massachusetts units are returning from battle.

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