MP O’Toole Presents Book of Remembrance to Clarington Museum for Clarington Remembers Exhibit
October 31st, 2014 – Bowmanville – Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, today presented a special book of remembrance, “They Shall Grow Not Old” to Clarington Museums and Archives, to be included in the Clarington Remembers: Stories from WWI & WWII exhibit.
Archie Londry, a 92 year old, World War II veteran, of Brandon, Manitoba, and member of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, last May presented MP O’Toole with “They Shall Grow Not Old”, a historical document which records the names and gives remembrance of the over 18,000 members of the RCAF who lost their lives in the Second World War.
“They Shall Grow Not Old” holds the biographies of the Colville brothers of Bowmanville, Ontario. Alexander, John and William Colville were all airmen who were killed in action in World War II.
Erin was also joined by 68 year Legion member, Bill Colville to help kick off the 2014 Poppy Campaign to remind Clarington to wear a poppy and support Royal Canadian Legion Branch 178’s annual poppy campaign.
“The Clarington at War Exhibit is important for our community to remember the service and sacrifice of those that came before us. The Colville family lost three brothers in WWII which represents the largest loss by a single family for the RCAF. I was pleased to present this book to help remember them.” – Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament – Durham
· The Clarington Remembers: Stories from WWI & WWII exhibit runs at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre at 62 Temperance St. in Bowmanville.
· On June 2, 1996 a dedication ceremony took place of “The Colville Memorial Clock Tower” in Rotary Park, Queen Street, Bowmanville, ON dedicated to the three Colville brothers.
· They Shall Grow Not Old is a hardcover book of over 800 pages and is now in its second printing. It was first published by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Inc. in 1992. The book contains 18,000 biographies which include full name, rank, hometown, squadron, aircraft type, place of death, dates, fellow crewmembers, gravesite, etc.
· Archie Londry is a WWII RCAF veteran and one of the founders of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum in Brandon, Manitoba.
· The Legion provides approximately 70,000 poppies to the community each November. The Poppy Campaign raises $50,000 to $55000 for the Legion each year. The funding supports local non-profit agencies and aging veterans with financial difficulties