Un­happy with Mar­coni recog­ni­tion

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | EDITORIAL -

I don’t know which is more in­sult­ing to Cape Bre­ton­ers, or all Cana­di­ans for that mat­ter — the pro­posed war me­mo­rial des­tined for Green Cove, or the re­nam­ing of the Glace Bay Ar­moury to Dr. Guglielmo Mar­coni Ar­moury.

(Editor’s note: In 1902, Mar­coni, while based in the Glace Bay, trans­mit­ted the first wire­less mes­sage to cross the At­lantic from North Amer­ica.)

Af­ter leav­ing North Amer­ica, Mar­coni re­turned to Italy where in 1923 he joined the Fas­cist party.

In 1930, Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Ben­ito Mus­solini made him pres­i­dent of the Royal Academy of Italy, which made Mar­coni a mem­ber of the Fas­cist Grand Coun­cil.

Cana­dian and Al­lied mil­i­tary suf­fered many ca­su­al­ties free­ing Italy from the black-shirt Fas­cists. Some of those Cana­di­ans were from the very neigh­bour­hood where the Ar­moury is lo­cated. Would it not be more ap­pro­pri­ate to name the mil­i­tary sta­tion in re­mem­brance of those men rather than one of Mus­solini’s pro­tégés?

J. G. Mathe­son Glace Bay

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