ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – September 10, 2015 – Four hundred and fifty years ago, on September 16, 1565,
Admiral Don Bartolomé Menéndez de Avilés, Don Pedro’s older brother and San Agustín’s first mayor,
mustered the first militia troops in the continental United States to defend the newly founded Spanish pueblo of
San Agustín de la Florida (present-day St. Augustine, FL) against pending attack by the French.
On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, Florida Living History, Inc. will
partner with the Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military
Affairs to present First Muster 2015, honoring the 450th anniversary of the first mustering of America’s original
citizen-soldiers and the 450th “birthday” of Florida’s National Guard.
This year’s unique heritage Event will take be place on the 450th anniversary – to the very day – of the
first muster of America’s first militia in September 1565!
Part of FLH’s 2015 “St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary” commemorations and in conjunction with National
Hispanic Heritage Month, the First Muster heritage Event will take place at 4PM on the parade ground of the
Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks, at 82 Marine St., in St. Augustine, Florida.
This year’s Event will feature a re-enactment of the 1565 militia enlistment at San Agustín de la Florida and a
reenlistment ceremony of today’s Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. Before and after the First
Muster Event, the 13th Army Band, the Florida National Guard’s band, will play military airs.
Admission to this heritage Event is free; onsite, the St. Augustine Officer’s Club will be open immediately
following the First Muster Event until 6PM, for free access to the St. Francis Barracks Museum.
This year’s Event is the sixth to commemorate that initial muster of America’s militia and the “birthday" of
Florida’s National Guard. Florida Living History, Inc., has been invited to provide living-historians dressed in
the garb, and bearing the weapons, of the 16th-century, Spanish citizen-soldiers who formed America’s first
militia, as well as to discuss and demonstrate the military arts of the period.
Founded in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2009, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), is a community based, non-profit
501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Florida's colonial and territorial
history, using living-history programs, demonstrations, and recreated portrayals of significant historical events.
FLH's numerous heritage Events are funded solely through corporate/private donations, FLH fund-raising, and
state/national grants. No local public funds are utilized.
For more information on Florida Living History, Inc., please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .