The 381st Anniversary of the First Muster commemorates the first military muster ever held in the United States as part of the birthplace of the National Guard in Salem, Massachusetts.
The ceremonies honor the first muster of the National Guard, which took place on Salem Common in 1637 as the colonial militia held drills for the defense of their local communities. In 2013 President Barack Obama signed legislation sponsored by Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney, officially recognizing Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard.
The Muster has been attended by thousands of National Guard units, veterans’ organizations, guests, and other military groups, and is a memorable way to be part of the local community while remembering the importance of what took place on Salem Common 381 years ago.
All events are held in Salem, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the National Guard of the United States