A unit’s Organization Day remembers a significant event in its history. The Old Guard chose to remember the Battle of Monterey (21 Sep 1846) during the Mexican War. It was the costliest day for the Regiment until Gettysburg. Below is one of the first programs for The Old Guard Organization Day, back when the Regiment was still stationed at Fort Snelling, MN.
In 1971, the first Spirit of America was held in Norfolk, VA. It was the first show to be held in the brand new Norfolk SCOPE Arena. The SCOPE is still in use today. Check out the entire program at the link below.
What is your favorite memory from Spirit of America? Tell us in the comments.
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Today we are going back to one of the first shows the Old Guard performed, Prelude to Taps. This program, tickets (3 colors), and parking pass are from the 1961 season.
A question for our TOG Vets — was this the first year for Prelude to Taps? This is the first instance I can find.
Would love to hear from anyone that performed or supported in Prelude to Taps. Share this post and comment if you participated in Prelude to Taps.
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For nearly 60 years, Torchlight Tattoo (now known as Twilight Tattoo) has been a summertime tradition for the Old Guard. This 1962 program is from the second season of the Tattoo, when it was still performed at the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument.
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For Presidents Day, we celebrate two of our own.
William Henry Harrison
Harrison served in the 1st Infantry from 1791-98 as an ensign at Fort Washington (near present-day Cincinnati). He was commended for his actions during an attack on the fort. Harrison moved up to Lieutenant and Captain, later commanding Fort Washington when commander died. Harrison resigned his commission in 1798.
Harrison served as governor of the Indiana Territory (1801-12). He represented Ohio in the House of Representatives (1816-19) and in the Senate (1825-28). Harrison served as 9th U.S. President in 1841.
Taylor was a major in the 3rd Infantry Regiment in 1816 and was the second-highest ranking officer in the Regiment. He served concurrently as commander of Fort Howard (present-day Green Bay, WI). While serving with the 3d Infantry Regiment, Taylor oversaw the completion of Fort Howard and traveled to Louisville, KY to set-up recruiting stations. Taylor was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in April 1819 and commanded the 8th Infantry.
Taylor stayed in the Army fighting in the multitude of campaigns that made up the Indian Wars. By 1846, he rose to the rank of general and commanded the Army of Observation. The Army of Observation was sent as a show of force along the US-Mexican border. His successful campaign against the Mexican Army catapulted him to national recognition and into the White House. Taylor was the 12th U.S. President from 1849-50.
Harrison and Taylor were the first and second Presidents to die while serving in office. Harrison died a month into his term. Harrison came down with pneumonia. The sickness could have been a result of his two-hour inaugural speech in the cold March rain. Taylor served sixteen months of his term before falling victim to a stomach ailment that killed him.