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Iowa National Guard Celebrates 175th Birthday

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National Guard members attended a birthday party today—for themselves!   

Soldiers from the 109th Medical Battalion took part in a ceremony today to celebrate the Guard's 175th anniversary.

While the National Guard first came into existence in 1636 when the Massachusetts General Court established that all able–bodied men join its militia, more than 200 years passed before Iowa's National Guard was formally established in the late 1830s.

Addressing the Iowa Territorial Legislature in November 1838, Governor Robert Lucas ratified the need for a territorial militia.