Sheryl Wright, author of Contrary Warriors, noted, “Many in Durham Region are unaware of the astounding work being done by volunteers at the OntR Museum.”
While many volunteers are retired from the Regiment or the regular force, the men and women who sacrifice their time and energy every week, do so for the love of Durham’s military history. Airman’s Park (Oshawa Airport South Field), is truly a hidden gem and houses, in addition to the OntR Museum, the 420 Wing of the RCAF Association. The Wing is the perfect spot for both military and aviation enthusiast to gather and share stories.
“Donating a portion of book sales to the OntR Museum is just the start. Until recently, Airmen’s Park retained much off the ambiance of the World War II Commonwealth Air Training Station it once was, but like Camp X on Boundary Road, a lack of local and federal support has seen building after building demolished. “We’re tearing down our history at an alarming rate. Ideally, with some leadership, we could be transforming Airman’s Park into a premier go-to location for military and commonwealth historians and students from across the region and the country.”
Wright is so passionate about Airman’s Park and its future, she is contributing a portion of book sales to the OntR Museum. “I wanted to make it fun for everyone.” In addition to book sales, there are several Raffle Prizes, including a Collector Grade hand-crafted mahogany display model of the aircraft featured in the book. “The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter is an exceptional display model.” All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be divided between the Museum and the Wing. According to Wright, the Canadian Launch of Contrary Warriors is about more than book sales and raffle prizes. “Durham Region is standing a precipice. Popular new shows like CBC’s X Company, the BBC’s Bletchley Circle, or movies like the Imitation Game are proof enough that young people are interested in the era and our regions part in it. Airman’s Park houses the last vestiges of Durham’s military history and deserve more attention and consideration than we have seen. If we’re not careful, the next generation to take an interest in our local contributions to Canadian and Allied War effort may only find the odd Wiki footnote for reference. ”
The Contrary Warriors Book Launch is open to the public. Those who choose to preregister will receive a free VIP Pass to the OntR’s Museum. To register, go to: [button href=” http://www.eventbrite.com/e/contrary-warriors-book-launch-tickets-16268498517″ primary=”true” centered=”true” newwindow=”false”]Click Here to RSVP[/button]