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Happy birthday to the National Guard


WASHINGTON D.C. (KWWL)--  The National Guard is celebrating a birthday, its 371st. The Guard was formed in 1636 when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered existing militia to form into three regiments.

Since then, the Guard has undergone 19 changes in make-up and organization. The first generation required all men of the American Colonies to possess arms and defend the community. Now the Guard fights with a wide array of weapons and includes an air force.

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