Carleton Place to honour town founders and vets publically

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Matthew Behrens 

For more than a year, Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos has been musing about the best way to commemorate the town’s earliest European residents and founders.

Antonakos asked the community issues committee on April 18 to start thinking about picking a location in Carleton Place to honour those who helped build the town: the industrialists, the entrepreneurs, the businessmen. “Much in the same way we are honouring our vets, I think it’s important to do that for those who really built Carleton Place,” he said. “I’m not sure we would exist in the way we are today without these families. There’s a long, storied history of individuals who came from faraway lands, some from hunger, from poverty, and they came to this rugged land here and turned it into what we have today.”

While the committee voted to discuss the idea at some future date, it also heard from museum manager Jennifer Irwin about a series of plaques that will soon be installed in Roy Brown Park to memorialize local men and women who took part in the First World War.

Each 36 X 24 inch plaque will focus on key battles, including Ypres, Vimy Ridge, the Somme, St. Julian Farm, Passchendaele, and Canada’s Hundred Days, and will be illustrated with maps and archival photographs.

In addition to focusing on the life and legacy of Roy Brown himself, a veteran who went on to become a Canadian aviation pioneer before his untimely death at age 50, additional plaques will feature the photos and journal entries of Roy’s brother, Horace.

Nurse Evelyn Wilson, who served in an overseas hospital and met John McCrae, best known for writing Flanders Fields, will also be featured.

Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn says the plaque drafts presented to the committee are “very impressive; this will be interesting to a lot of people.”