His­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance

Ar­moury named in hon­our of in­ven­tor dur­ing cer­e­mony Fri­day

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Ar­moury in Glace Bay named af­ter Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni.

The Glace Bay Ar­moury not only has a name now, but one with deep his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

A spe­cial cer­e­mony was held at the 36 sig­nal reg­i­ment de­tach­ment in Glace Bay on Fri­day to name it the Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni Ar­moury. “Dr. Mar­coni’s work in wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions forms the base­line for mil­i­tary com­mand and con­trol com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems to­day,” said Lt.-Col. Dale Warner, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, 36 Sig­nal Reg­i­ment.

Warner said the ar­moury has a deep his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to Mar­coni.

“Nam­ing the Glace Bay Ar­moury be­comes a way of ty­ing the ar­moury in with Glace Bay, Ta­ble Head and Dr. Mar­coni.”

He said the con­tri­bu­tion of Dr. Mar­coni to com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems around the world is in­valu­able.

“It is the ba­sis of our trade as sig­nallers, which in­cludes high fre­quency, very high fre­quency and satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions, not to men­tion of course the line sys­tems and tele­phone sys­tems we of­fer to the mil­i­tary.

“It also ties the soldier to hers or his history and to re­mem­ber the peo­ple who came be­fore them,” he added.

“To re­call your history is to learn from it and learn­ing from our history is very im­por­tant.”

Warner said the nam­ing of the ar­moury was ac­tu­ally a lo­cal ini­tia­tive by the sol­diers of 5 squadron of the reg­i­ment. Work to see this ac­com­plished be­gan two and a half to three years ago.

He said Mar­coni’s work will con­tinue to in­spire them.

“When we train in the Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni Ar­moury, we will be re­minded of the tech­no­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence which we strive to achieve as mod­ern-day sig­nallers in the ser­vice of Canada.”

Capt. Yves La­plante of the 5 squadron 36 reg­i­ment, Glace Bay, said when the unit was built in 1955, the main unit was the Nova Sco­tia High­lander, now known as CBH. In about 1987, a com­mu­ni­ca­tion troop was es­tab­lished at the unit.

“Over time, the com­mu­ni­ca­tion squadron grew big­ger and big­ger and the High­landers moved into Vic­to­ria Park,” he said.

“We’ve been the main stake­holder in at the unit for a long time.”

“Since our roots are with Mar­coni and the mu­seum is only about 400 me- tres up the road, it was felt by ev­ery­one, we should re­name our unit and show more about Mar­coni.”

La­plante said Mar­coni’s achieve­ments were huge.

“He was the pi­o­neer in mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

“That’s a huge ac­com­plish­ment for us as a sig­naller.”

A num­ber of dig­ni­taries at­tended the cer­e­mony in­clud­ing Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor Ce­cil Clarke, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal and Glace Bay MLA Ge­off MacLel­lan and Cape Bre­ton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner.

The event also cel­e­brated the un­veil­ing of the plaque to ded­i­cate the armoured per­sonal ve­hi­cle M577A2 ‘Queen Mary’ Com­mand Post.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY -DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Some of the mem­bers of the 5 Squadron of the 36 Sig­nal Reg­i­ment in Glace Bay are shown, from the left, Cpl. Ni­cole James, Cpl. Roxan Cromwell, Master Cpl Brad Haw­ley, and Pte. Matthew Grant, dur­ing a cer­e­mony to name the Glace Bay Ar­moury the Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni Ar­moury. The event also cel­e­brated the un­veil­ing of the plaque to ded­i­cate the armoured ve­hi­cle M577A2 ‘Queen Mary’ Com­mand Post.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY -DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Dale Warner, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 5 Squadron of the 36 Sig­nal Reg­i­ment, Glace Bay, left and honorary Colonel, Colonel David Gough, un­veil a plaque nam­ing the Glace Bay Ar­moury the Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni Ar­moury, dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the ar­moury in Glace Bay, Fri­day.

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