Images: Through the years [Image 1 of 4]
Historical reenactor in period National Guard uniforms celebrated the founding of the guard at a ceremony at the North Carolina State Capitol, here, Dec 13. Perdue and Lusk gave speeches honoring the centuries of service of the National Guard and Militia to North Carolina and nation. This is the 375th anniversary of the National Guard beginning with the first muster of the militia in Massachusetts Bay Colony, Dec. 13, 1636 and serving state and nationwide today. The citizen-soldiers, of the then militia and now North Carolina National Guard, living and working in the community, but trained to deploy against any threat, still is the best bargain for our state and nation.