Florida National Guard celebrates 450th anniversary of First Muster

Florida National Guard celebrates 450th anniversary of First Muster

The 450th First Muster Commemoration of "the original militia," was held at St. Francis Barracks on Sept. 16, 2015 at the historic St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, FL.

FIRST MUSTER 448th Anniversary Commemoration

FIRST MUSTER 448th Anniversary Commemoration

FIRST MUSTER 448th Anniversary Commemoration Filmed September 13, 2013 in St. Augustine, Florida by http://www.StAugustineVideo.com. Presented by the Florida National Guard and Florida Living History, Inc. Col. David Rodgers talks of an Army project underway to consecrate the parade field in front of the historic St. Francis Barracks with soil from battlefields around the world where the Florida National Guard has fought. The initiative -- spearheaded by Senior Army Advisor Col. David Rodgers and Gregory Moore at Florida Department of Military Affairs (DMA) historian's office -- sprinkled soil samples today September 13, 2013 from nine wars and 15 locations across the globe onto the St. Augustine field on Marine Street. See: http://www.floridaguard.army.mil/278891 for more details. Also see: www.floridalivinghistory.org, in partnership with the Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs, commemorated the 448th anniversary of the first mustering of America's original citizen-soldiers. The first muster of militia troops in the continental United States took place on September 16, 1565, in the newly established Spanish presidio of San Agustín de la Florida (present-day St. Augustine, FL). The First Muster heritage Event took place today at 9AM on the grounds of the Florida National Guard's (www.floridaguard.army.mil/ ) headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks, at 82 Marine St., in St. Augustine, Florida. This year's Event is the fourth to commemorate that initial muster of America's militia and the "birthday" of Florida's National Guard. Florida Living History, Inc., was invited to provide living historians dressed in the garb, and bearing the weapons, of the 16th-century, Spanish citizen-soldiers who formed America's first militia, as well as to discuss and demonstrate the military arts of the period. In line with his command philosophy of linking the Florida National Guard's heritage to its horizons, Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr., Adjutant General of Florida, has stated that this heritage event is the continuation of a five-year program to educate citizens about Florida National Guard history, culminating in 2015 with the 450th anniversary of both the founding of St. Augustine and of America's first militia. The First Muster heritage event is sponsored by the Florida National Guard ( www.floridaguard.army.mil/ ) and by Florida Living History, Inc. (www.floridalivinghistory.org ). Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the ongoing generosity of NTE Solutions ( www.ntesolutions.com/ ) and by the continued support of Florida Living History, Inc.'s donors. Filmed and edited by Bruce Merwin for http://www.StAugustineVideo.com.

450th anniversary of 1st muster

450th anniversary of 1st muster

Tight quarters as impending rain moved our ceremony indoors. Florida National Guard celebrated the 450th anniversary of the first militia muster in North America. 16 Sep 2015, St Francis Barracks, St Augustine, Fl

Since 1565 Jet

Since 1565 Jet

Promotional video for the 450th Anniversary of what is believed to be the first know Muster of citizen Soldiers in the continental U.S. St. Augustine, Fla. 1565

Florida National Guard celebrates its founding

Florida National Guard celebrates its founding

Florida National Guard celebrates its founding on Sept. 16, 1565 with a 'First Muster' in front of the organization's headquarters in St. Augustine on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

FIRST MUSTER'S 451st Anniversary Commemoration

FIRST MUSTER'S 451st Anniversary Commemoration

Four hundred and fifty-one years ago, on September 16, 1565, Admiral Don Bartolomé Menéndez de Avilés, Don Pedro’s older brother and San Agustín’s first mayor, mustered the first militia troops in the continental United States to defend the newly founded Spanish pueblo of San Agustín de la Florida (present-day St. Augustine, FL) against pending attack by the French. On Friday, September 16th, 2016, Florida Living History, Inc. ( www.floridalivinghistory.org ), in partnership with the Florida National Guard ( www.floridaguard.army.mil/ ) and Florida Department of Military Affairs, commemorated the 451st anniversary of the first mustering of America’s original citizen-soldiers and the 451st “birthday” of the National Guard of the United States. This year’s heritage Event will took be place on the 451st anniversary – to the very day – of the first muster of America’s first militia in September 1565! In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the First Muster heritage Event took place at 4PM on the parade ground in front of the Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks, at 82 Marine St., in St. Augustine, Florida. The speaker at this year’s Event was the Honorable Adam Putnam, Florida State Commissioner. Admission to this heritage Event and to the St. Francis Barracks Museum was free. This year’s Event was the seventh to commemorate that initial muster of America’s first militia, the “ancestor” of today’s Florida National Guard. Florida Living History, Inc., was invited to provide living-historians dressed in the garb, and bearing the weapons, of the 16th-century, Spanish citizen-soldiers who formed America’s first militia, as well as to discuss and demonstrate the military arts of the period.

Since 1565 B Company 260th MI

Since 1565 B Company 260th MI

Promotional video for the 450th Anniversary of what is believed to be the first know Muster of citizen Soldiers in the continental U.S. St. Augustine, Fla. 1565

History of the Saint Francis Barracks

History of the Saint Francis Barracks

A brief history of how the St. Francis Barracks got its name. Also, a glimpse inside the museum which is rarely open to the general public.

450 Years of St Augustine in Posters / Part 1

450 Years of St Augustine in Posters / Part 1

First Coast.TV sat down with Warren Clark to talk about the Posters that are everywhere in the city of St Augustine as it continues its 450th celebrations. He talked about the history and stories behind these illustrations. The posters are beautiful and the history on them pops out with its colors and drawings.

Double field cannon drill Castillo De San Marcos

Double field cannon drill Castillo De San Marcos

This is a crew member first person view (thanks to GO PRO Hero2) of the double cannon drill and shots from the front lawn of the Castillo De San Marcos in ST Augustine Florida. The cannons are fully functional replicas of 3lb. field guns from the 1700's. The uniforms are what the Spanish Garrison soldiers would have worn in 1740. What? Yes, yes we shoot real cannon balls at the houses across the river from the fort. No, we don't do that at all, think about it. The shots are only black powder charges, blanks.

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