[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA8RhmzB_v0]Every year, The Veteran Corp of Artillery of the State of New York, holds its’ Annual Salute to the Nation in Battery Park, NYC. The event begins with a march from Castle Clinton and a flag raising ceremony. The highlight of the event for spectators and tourists is the 50 gun salute, with each firing volley executing after each state is named. Be with us next year for the 4th. The VCA is a federally and state recognized military organization founded in 1790.
The VCA held it’s “Annual Salute to the Nation” this July 4th, and Battery Park was filled with spectators from all over the world. They were not disappointed as the crowds watched a Change of Command ceremony, the Raising of the Colors, and of course the 50 gun salute with our 75mm Howitzers. A special thanks go to the Soldiers of the 258th Field Artillery based out of the Jamaica Armory in Queens, NY.
The 258th provided transportation and additional troops for the movement of the howitzers.
Here is short piece and video from New York’s own NY1 news channel.
on 4 July, 2011 at 1100 Hours (11AM ET), a VCA Firing Battery will be at Battery Park in Manhattan to begin its’ annual firing of its’ 75mm Pack Howitzers. The event commemorates each of the 50 states entry into the Union. and begins at 1020 Hours with a Raising of the Colors at Castle Clinton, and a Change of Command Ceremony. Members of the public are invited. The included video from youtube that was posted several years ago by someone at the event.
On Friday, January 8, 2011 COL Charles C. Lucas, Commandant of the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York presented CPT Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment with an Honorary Membership in the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York. The presentation was made at the 221st Annual VCA Mess Dinner held at Noble House in Lower Manhattan. Noble House is a historical building in what is NYC’s historical district and home to other historical buildings such as Fraunces Tavern. In addition to the presentation of the honorary membership to CPT Marott the VCA was honored to have as guest speakers for the evening, David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulhivill.
CPT Morten Marott of the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment is a highly decorated Danish Military officer with extensive experience both domestically and internationally. Internationally, he served in Croatia in 1995 with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) as Captain, Liaison Officer and Operations Officer of the Danish UN Battalion. In August, 1995, while in the war zone in Croatia, CPT Marott successfully led a group of eleven other stranded UN peacekeepers through the ordeals of the hotspot of the conflict during the week-long Croatian attack on and bombardment of the area. During his service with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces (UNPROFOR) CPT Marott conducted several negotiations with armed Croatian and Serbian commanders and war lords.
Domestically, in Denmark, CPT Marott was Commander of an Air Defense Missile Battery mobilization unit in the Royal Danish Army Reserves Queen’s Artillery Regiment. As Commander, CPT Marott was responsible for seventy two troops including six other officers and a large inventory of weapons, vehicles and high tech equipment.
The evening’s guest speaker, David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his work on the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a War Correspondent and author. He has covered the war in Afghanistan for the New York Times since 2001. In November 2008, en route to meet with a well-known al-Qaeda commander at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Rohde was kidnapped. He was eventually taken over the border into a stronghold in the mountains of Pakistan. While in captivity, as you might expect, Rhode had the opportunity to converse with his captors often. Those talks helped him develop a strong understanding of his captors’ political positions and their thinking. Held by the Taliban in hopes of reaping major ransom money, they nicknamed Rohde “Golden Rooster.” It took him and his interpreter seven months to engineer their daring escape. Rohde shared his experiences as a captive of the Taliban, how he maintained his edge during seven months in captivity and the details of his escape with the VCA Mess Dinner guests. Rhode’s book, A Rope and A Prayer, written with his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, delves into that harrowing experience in great detail.
The Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York, is the senior active military unit in the Empire State. It was originally raised in 1790 to defend the harbor of New York City. Although today, its duties are largely ceremonial, it continues to provide a firing battery for the annual salute to the nation held on the 4th of July at Battery Park in New York City. Additional information about the storied past and current activities of the VCA is available at: blog.vcasny.org and www.vca1790.org.
Army Spc. Kyle Graff and Staff Sgt. Ronald Feaser fire an M119A2 105mm howitzer during platoon evaluations on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 15, 2011. Graff and Feaser are artillerymen assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Is this a great photo?
Here is the latest copy of the Hamilton Connection which is published by the PAO in Fort Hamilton Brooklyn. This issue (Volume 5, No. 19 June 17, 2011) includes an article and photo of the U.S. Army’s 236th Birthday celebration that took place on 14 June, 2011. Photo courtesy of “The Hamilton Connection”
As you may have seen from our previous post, in addition to flag day, today we celebrate the 236th birthday of the United States Army. At 0700 this morning, a VCA detail reported to Garrison HQ, Fort Hamilton to participate in today’s’ celebration. At the appropriate time, 13 rounds were fired from 3 75mm Pack Howitzers to celebrate both Flag Day and the Army’s birthday. Here are some pictures from the dress rehearsal on 13 June. While Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the detail practiced their portion of the ceremony, VCA members inspected and readied the cannons for today’s’ celebration.
As you know various parts of uniforms are scheduled for transition. Please review the following army.mil article that details the transition to new head gear. Per regulations, all officers and enlisted personnel are “encouraged” to purchase new gear ASAP. Questions are not solicited.
LTC MICHAEL K. HOBLIN, BN/CDR 258th FIELD ARTILLERY cordially invites members of the Veteran Corps of Artillery to attend the Annual Saint Barbara’s Celebration conducted at the New York State Armory 93-05 168th Street, Jamaica, New York, 11433 on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 1900 hrs. To reserve your seat at this auspicious event, contact SSGT Roger Levy at e-mail– firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see previous memo for payment information.
UOD Corps Dress Uniform, dress Blues/Greens (military)
Corps Blazer, Civilian Semi-formal (civilian) Corps members are encouraged to attend in support of the 258FA, and in honor of SPC Andrew Wilson, who was killed in an accident at the Armory on December 2nd, 2010.