Covering Louisiana

Oct 15, 2011 10:31 AM by Chris Welty

Inspection Ceremony set for Washington Artillery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Its color guard uniformed in 1838 style, the
oldest unit in the Louisiana National Guard will hold a traditional
pass-in-review ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at Jackson Barracks.
The 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment - known as the
Washington Artillery - traces its roots to a New Orleans militia
battery formed in 1838.
Maj. John DiMartini says the first part of the ceremony, called
"trooping the line," dates back to Alexander the Great. Troops
stand at parade rest, each unit coming to attention as reviewing
officers pass.
Then the battalion marches in front of the reviewing party and
off the field.
The 156th Army Band, headquartered in Bossier City, will lead
the battalion at the Barracks, which is on border of New Orleans
and St. Bernard Parish.

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