Thanksgiving at Fort Lesley J McNair in 1964

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Back in 1964,  it was when Fort Lesley J McNair had a post commander.  The Military District of Washington (MDW) had still not moved onto the post. And both the Engineers and US Army Band – “Pershing’s Own” relocated to different posts (the Band relocated to Fort Myer in the 1940s and along with it, the US Army School of Music.)

Yet, there were troops that were garrisoned on post and they enjoyed a very delightful meal. Among them were the troops from the US Army’s oldest infantry unit – the 3d Infantry – The Old Guard – Alpha Company.  This company of soldiers, which in current times is also known as the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, is one of the specialty units within this regiment.

Commander-in-Chief's Guard

Commander-in-Chief’s Guard


These soldiers are the ones who wear the colonial uniform as prescribed by General George Washington and carry flintlocks which they refer to as “firelocks” with long bayonets. Their officers carry items known as espontoons. Their marching style is rather unique for today’s way of marching,  especially when it comes to turning – they do “wheels”!

Rolling the clock back, here’s the Thanksgiving menu from over fifty years ago with well wishes expressed by the commanders.



The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

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Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

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