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    And from CTV News Toronto.. David Randle CTV.ca News Staff Updated: Mon. May. 30 2005 11:29 AM ET After nearly 200 years, the lives of 195 American soldiers
    Message 1 of 4 , May 30, 2005
      And from CTV News Toronto..



      David Randle




      CTV.ca News Staff

      Updated: Mon. May. 30 2005 11:29 AM ET

      After nearly 200 years, the lives of 195 American soldiers who were captured
      by the British during the War of 1812 will be remembered today in Halifax.

      The men died while imprisoned on Melville Island. Most of them were buried
      on nearby Deadman's Island in unmarked graves.

      The land, which is actually a small peninsula of land, was almost sold to
      condo developers five years ago but groups from Halifax and the U.S. helped
      to halt the plans. The land is now owned and protected by the Halifax
      Regional Municipality.

      Today, which is Memorial Day in the U.S., a special ceremony will be held on
      the island to remember the men. The U.S. Consulate is expected to present an
      American flag to the people of Halifax in exchange for a promise to preserve
      the site and honour the memories of the soldiers.

      Leonard Hill, the U.S. consul general in Halifax, says the U.S. Department
      of Veterans Affairs will also unveil a bronze plaque honouring the dead. It
      will be inscribed with the names of the captured Americans who are buried at
      the site.

      The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from
      June 1812 to the spring of 1815 and ended in a stalemate. More than 8,000
      American prisoners were held at the military detention camp on Melville
      Island after being captured in sea battles off New England or in land
      battles in Upper Canada, now Ontario.

      Many of those who died in the prison succumbed to typhus, smallpox,
      pneumonia and tuberculosis, according to British records.













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