www.airmuseum.ca/memorial
Our Memorial featured on CBC
WW II Air Force memorial unveiled at Brandon museum
They included some of our photos and links to our Memorial Website
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum: RCAF BCATP Memorial
www.airmuseum.ca/memorial
and to 
Veterans Affairs Canada: World Wars Commemoration
www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canada/rcaf-bcatp

 
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OUR RCAF WWII MEMORIAL BROCHURE
Pick up a copy at the Museum

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                                           click for full-screen size  ~  click donation form image for print-out
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READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
IN OUR 2014 ARCHIVE SECTION
www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/2014


A SMALL SAMPLING OF
THE MULTI-MEDIA COVERAGE AROUND THE COUNTRY
FEATURING OUR MEMORIAL PROJECT

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The Veterans Affairs Remembrance Website
www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance
has added the photos and info we sent them at:
www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canada/rcaf-bcatp


Video Coverage
DVD Available at the Museum Gift Shop for $20



Visit our Photo Galleries of the Memorial Unveiling Ceremony
Part I ~ Part II


SKIES Magazine has featured a piece on the Memorial by
John Chalmers ~ Historian, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

at:
http://skiesmag.com/news/article/AnewRCAFmemorialforCanada

MP Larry Maguire celebrated the unveiling of
the RCAF World War II Memorial
in the House of Commons on September 16, 2014

LISTEN
Refs: http://larrymaguire.ca
and
The Larry Maguire Facebook page

RCAF WWII BCATP MEMORIAL PHOTOS

Sept 10 Unveiling Photo Galleries
Part I ~ Part II
COUNTDOWN TO SEPT 10 LAUNCH


August 28, 2014 Updates
PHOTO GALLERY I and GALLERY II and GALLERY III
 Installation of the Memorial Statue and 300' Granite Wall 
Landscaping and Laying of Paving Stones
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Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum boosts Brandon tourism
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014
“Heritage does not draw visitors to Brandon” to quote one mayoral candidate.

Excuse me sir, but you are absolutely wrong. I would invite you and anyone else to visit the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum and inspect our guest book. Our museum attracted 11,662 visitors last year from coast to coast in Canada, but also from the U.S. and worldwide. Many visit our site and then find hotel accommodations in Brandon and return the next day.

Now that the Brandon Municipal Airport has secured WestJet and terminal improvements, the addition of our one-of-a-kind memorial, not only for Canada but the world, Brandon has even more reasons for heritage tourism. Those flying on WestJet are greeted to our community with 300 feet of black granite etched with 19,256 names, an eight-foot bronze airman, 12,000 square feet of paving stone, including a 60-foot RCAF wing in full colour, all highly visible from the air as WestJet approaches Brandon. Keep in mind, if it was not for the names on the memorial wall and others like those, there would be no mayoral race but a German dictatorship.

We appreciate what the City of Brandon has done for our museum over the years. We certainly understand that due to the recent flooding, the city has not had the funds available for items like paving. I imagine that the mayor and council were no more proud than I was to have an estimated 2,000 guests driving over a poor gravel road to attend the unveiling of our RCAF Second World War Memorial.

However, with the possibilities of specific heritage funding, such as the hotel tax and perhaps a heritage reserve in the future — both would be most desirable additions to limited heritage funding — the air museum will continue to attract visitors from around the world for years to come.

ARCHIE LONDRY
Memorial chair and CATPM director

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 17, 2014

I, SHARI DECTER HIRST,
Mayor of the City of Brandon, in the Province of Manitoba,
DO HEREBY proclaim September 7 - 13, 2014 to be
MEMORIAL WEEK
in the City of Brandon.

RCAF WWII MEMORIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Witnessing the signing of the Memorial Week Proclamation by Mayor Shari Decter Hirst
Members in attendance (L-R): Bill Hillman, John McNarry, Archie Londry (chair),
Stephen Hayter, Angus Sneesby, Kathy Sheppard


Ottawa pledges $25K to RCAF memorial project
Brandon Sun ~ September 9, 2014
Read the full story in our News Section
 http://www.airmuseum.ca/memorial/2014
PHOTO GALERY PART I IN COLLAGE FORMAT

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EVENTS ACCOMPANYING OUR
RCAF WWII MEMORIAL UNVEILING
Sept. 10, 2014
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Click on each of the above images for a full-screen view


Museum Memorial Project taking shape
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum memorial project committee chair
Archie Londry stands inside the museum on Tuesday
with one of the black granite panels that will be inscribed with
the 19,286 names of airmen who died during the Second World War.

Read Chairman Archie Londry's Letter to the
Brandon Sun ~ July 9, 2014
HERE


Click for larger print
or read in
PDF VERSION
 

MEMORIES BANQUET :: CATP MUSEUM CANTEEN :: May 9, 2014

CANDID PHOTOS I :: CANDID PHOTOS II

Project History ~ Photos ~ Maps ~ Diagrams

READ THE PROJECT BOOKLET
HERE


WATCH OUR RCAF WWII MEMORIAL VIDEO
HERE

 


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THEY GREW NOT OLD

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum has erected a permanent memorial to recognize the sacrifice of all these young women and men.
Their names and ages are etched on a granite wall situated on Museum grounds located at McGill Field in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Maquette (scale model) of the bronze sculpture for the Memorial
BRONZES
by
DON AND SHIRLEY BEGG
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
www.airmuseum.ca/begg


THEY GREW NOT OLD
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During the Second World War thousands of young Canadian men and women, as well as some from other countries, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  By the end of WWII the R.C.A.F. was the fourth largest air force in the world.   Canadians also joined the Royal Air Force, Naval Fleet Air Arm and Ferry Command.   Between September 1939 and August 1945, 18,039 died serving these British Commonwealth forces.   Members of the British Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force came to Canada to further their training, of whom 1146 lost their lives in or near Canada.

The 300 foot airfoil-shaped granite wall, watched over by a bronze airman, has been erected on consecrated ground.   The names and ages of these young men and women have been etched on this wall as a permanent tribute to the ultimate sacrifice they made for our freedom.

For us, they grew not old

Memorial Committee Members

                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Lyle Gawletz
L-R: Stephen Hayter | Bill Hillman | Judith Grierson | Archie Londry | Kathy Sheppard | Pam Stacy | John McNarry | Reg Atkinson
Missing from the photo are Michael Cox and Harry Hayward.



MEMORIAL NAMES
Over 18,000 Names Compiled by Harry Hayward in PDF Format

RCAF
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
RAF | RAAF | RNZAF

For more information contact:
Stephen Hayter
airmuseum@inetlink.ca
Executive Director

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