Thursday, November 8, 2012
Veterans honoured with upgraded memorial
The impressive WWII Howitzer gun at Queens Park Cemetery underwent a much needed make-over this fall and has been returned to its home just in time for Remembrance Day.
The Howitzer is a 12,850 pound weapon of war that played an important role in WWII. Used by the Royal Canadian Artillery 1st, 4th and 7th Medium Regiment RCA, the B.L. 5.5 inch Medium Gun was one of the two British medium guns of WWII. Presented to The City in 1979, it sits in the Field of Honour in Queens Park Cemetery.
Although 90-year-old WWII veteran Ed Page did not operate this type of weapon, he has a vivid memory of being bounced awake by one that was firing 150 meters away. “It was a 25 pounder, the most common,” he remembers.
Instead, Blunden approached The City’s Fleet Services business unit and was excited to hear that they had the resources to help move the Howitzer. The City’s Water Services business unit supplied the crane that lifted the one tonne gun onto a flatbed truck so it could be transported to the Fleet Services body shop.
For Page, the refurbishing of the Howitzer is a well deserved tribute to those veterans who served in artillery units. “These guns were essential to those units,” he remembers.
Juno Beach Academy, in partnership with The City of Calgary, will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Field of Honour in Queens Park Cemetery on Nov. 9, beginning at 11 a.m. After the ceremony, the school will provide cookies and a warm cup of coffee for those in attendance.