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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steven Tedeschi, Massachusetts National Guard 
Nation's oldest regiment holds change of command ceremony 
AYER, Mass. – Col. Sterling MacLeod, commander, 51st Troop Command, hands the 1st Battalion,  182nd Regiment  colors to Lt. Col. Ronald Cupples, the new commander of the 182nd, as Lt. Col. Thomas Stewart, the out-going commander, looks on during a change of command ceremony held at the armory here, Sept. 16, 2012. The exchanging of the colors is a military tradition representing the formal transfer of command of a unit from one officer to another. The 182nd Infantry Regiment, which recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, is the oldest regiment In the United States military and traces its lineage to the old ‘North Regiment’  established in 1636. The unit motto “Avitos Juvamus Honores” which translates to “We Uphold Our Ancient Honors,” fittingly pays tribute to the more than 375 year legacy of service to the Commonwealth and the Nation.