Tuesday, 24 April 2012
CFB Borden - RCEME
Location: N 44 16.101 W 079 54.585 Located in CFB Borden, at the corner of Lundy Lane and Ensign Road, in front of the RCEME Headquarters.
This memorial is dedicated to the men and women who serve quietly to keep the fighting troops in good running order, the Electrical and Mechanic Engineers. These Craftsmen are represented by the Weapons Techs, Vehicle Techs, Material Techs and Fire Control Systems Techs. Vital links in the organization, but they don't get the glory of the front line troops. The memorial was dedicated to commemorate the 50 years of service that RCEME has provided. I am very proud to say that my son is currently serving as a Craftsman, learning his trade as a Vehicle Technician and keeping up the tradition of those who served before him.
The names surrounding the memorial are those of contributors and supporters, not the names of the soldiers, so I choose not to include them here. Thank you for the contribution to make this memorial happen, but I prefer to concentrate on the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, not on those whose made financial support.
1944 ARTE ET MARTE 1994
THE CORPS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL
ENGINEERS (RCEME) WAS FORMED AS A SEPARATE ENGINEERING CORPS OF
THE CANADIAN ARMY ON 15 MAY 1944. MEMBERS OF THE NEW CORPS WERE
DRAWN FROM THE ENGINEERING BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN ORDNANCE
CORPS. THOSE FROM OTHER CORPS JOINED IN THE YEARS AFTER THE WAR.
IN 1968, AS A RESULT OF INTEGRATION, RCEME WAS DISBANDED AND MOST
OF ITS MEMBERS WERE COMBINED WITH THE MOBILE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
TECHNICIANS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE TO FORM THE LAND
ORDNANCE ENGINEERING BRANCH. THE BRANCH NAME WAS CHANGED TO THE
LAND ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINNERING BRANCH IN 1984 AND TO
THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BRANCH ON 1 JANUARY
1994. FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS THEY HAVE KEPT THEIR IDENTITY AS
CANADA'S CRAFTSMEN AND HAVE PROUDLY PROVIDED SUPPORT TO THE
CANADIAN FORCES. THEIR REPUTATION AS SOLDIERS, TECHNICIANS AND
ENGINEERS IS REFLECTED IN THEIR MOTTO,
"ATRE ET MARTE", BY SKILL AND BY FIGHTING.
15 MAY 1994
50 YEARS OF SERVICE
CANADA'S CRAFTSMEN DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES IN BATTLE IN THE
ITALIAN CAMPAIGN, THE D-DAY LANDING IN NORMANDY, NORTHWEST
EUROPE, KOREA AND THE PERSIAN GULF. THEY HAVE SERVED IN ALL
THEATRES IN WORLD WAR II, THROUGHOUT CANADA, IN THE NORTH
ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION, AND ON MOST UNITED NATIONS
(repeated in French)