“It is ordered that every Inhabitant of the Island shall be always provided of one musket, one pound of powder, twenty bulletts and two fademe of match, with Sword and rest and Bandeliers, all completely furnished.” – Minutes of a General Meeting, Rhode Island, March 13, 1638,
Rhode Island was a colony which valued religious tolerance from the time that Roger Williams purchased land from the Narragansett tribe in 1636.
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82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. Photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod