I am a day late on this one, but the Swiss Guard at the Vatican celebrated their 505th anniversary of service to the Pope yesterday.
The Guard first marched into the Vatican on January 22, 1506.
They are a wonderful group to watch. When I was studying in Rome from 1977-78, they would come over to the North American College to use our ball field. We would take them on, on occasion. I recall especially Hans, the sergeant of the group. Really nice guy.
Happy Anniversary to all Swiss Guardsmen!