The Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) went out with a bang this past St. Barbara’s day with a howitzer show, firing rounds of blanks that rattled the town of Northfield.
St. Barbara is known as the patron saint of artillery and she is celebrated every fourth of December by artillery units all around the world.
The story of St. Barbara goes back to the Middle Ages when she was going to be executed and her executioner was struck by lightning. St. Barbara then became known as the saint of loud powerful noises, and artillery obviously falls in that category.
Many NAB members had never heard of St. Barbara until they joined the battery. Take Shane O’Neil, 20, a junior studies in war and peace major from Glen, N.H.
“Before joining NAB I never had any idea who St. Barbara was,” said O’Neil. “If you asked me in the past, I wouldn’t have even known there was a day for her.” But O’Neil, like many other members of NAB, enjoys putting on their loud yearly performance. “I’m super excited to participate and be loud,” said O’Neil. [Read more…]