Commentary: A guard for men and mice, 380 years ago

It may pass unnoticed like the cat in the crowd this Spring – except in Massachusetts – that America celebrates 380 years since a militia first gathered together in defense of the community.

That moment happened long before our Constitution, or before our standing military.

History-minded officials tell us that the First Muster occurred sometime in 1637, probably with the changing weather, for the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s East regiment – among the other, North and South regiments formed – situated where Salem is today. The Commonwealth, where the re-enactment takes place in April is especially cognizant with the Patriots’ Day holiday.