Please join the National Lancers on Saturday, October 13th for an event to support the troop and their horses. Help us continue to serve the Commonwealth and our proud military tradition. All proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit: Massachusetts National Lancers Association, Inc. and continue the tradition of the Massachusetts National Lancers and care for the horses, maintain our facilities and transportation costs. This is a family and dog friendly event and the route is along the fields (jogging strollers and/or hiing shoes, or boots recommended) of the Massachusetts National Lancers - Camp DiCarlo. Following the trot, have a quick bite to eat and take a moment to meet the troop and their horses. Family fun for all ages with music, pony and hay rides, a bounce house, lawn games, bubble fun, face painting, arts and crafts and some light snacks. Registration and t-shirt pick up will start at 10:00 a.m.. on event day, walk kicks off at 11:00 a.m.. following the color guard.
The Massachusetts National Lancers Association is a non-profit organization created to financially support the efforts of the National Lancers, the Massachusetts Organized Militia Cavalry. All proceeds from this event go directly to underwrite the costs associated with maintaining the unit whose continuous history dates back to 1836. Their storied history includes 19 campaign streamers, acknowledging their battle participation in the Civil War and World War I.
In July 2004, the Lancers were ordered into active state service to guard Camp Curtis Guild during the Democratic National Convention. As an all-volunteer ceremonial cavalry unit, the National Lancers can be seen with their horses at many parades and events representing the Massachusetts Military Division around the Commonwealth and New England. Since 1904, the re-enactment of the Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Boston and to Lexington has been one of their most important missions as a means to educate the public about the historical significance of Patriot’s Day.