© Cole Carruthers
D.V. Currie Armoury marked its centennial anniversary with an open house
and tour for the public.
If brick and mortar could talk, the D.V. Currie Armoury would not only be able to share a wealth of Canadian military history, but also the past lives and events of an entire community.
The armoury had an open house Saturday to mark its 100th anniversary, and invited the public to tour the grounds and take in the history of Moose Jaw’s military heritage.
“The armoury has been home to to a variety of military units, and was also used as a temporary morgue when an aircraft crashed, its been used as a headquarters for floods and also used as a temporary hospital during an influenza outbreak,” former commanding officer for the armoury, Brad Hrycyna told the Times-Herald.
“Because its a reserve organization, its members are citizens of Moose Jaw and they’re citizen soldiers,” Hrycyna said. “Part-time soldiers, the rest of the time are part of the community –– so the reserve units are usually more tied to their communities than regular force counterparts.”
“Things like the officers’ mess –– back in its heyday in the 1950s and ‘60s, it was the place to be,” Hrycyna said. “If you were a local businessman, you were trying to find a way of becoming an associate member of the mess, because this is where things happened.”
He added that the collection of military vehicles on display in front of the armoury have been slowly added over time, and are used to commemorate parts of Canadian military history.
“The Sherman tank was left there when the Shermans were withdrawn from the regiment, which would have been in the early ‘60s,” Hrycyna said. “And slowly over the years, other vehicles were added ... the main batch of vehicles came in during the ‘80s and a few since then have been added.”
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