PENETANGUISHENE, Ontario, January 14, 2013 - Communities across Canada will
have a chance to commemorate heroes of the War of 1812, thanks to an
investment from the Government of Canada. Funding for the Historic Military
Establishment of Upper Canada was announced today by Bruce Stanton, Member
of Parliament (Simcoe North), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This investment will help establish a national program to honour the graves
of War of 1812 veterans. Canadians will be able to apply for granite plaques
to be placed at veterans' gravesites. Each plaque will have a replica of the
Upper Canada Preserved medal etched onto its surface. The original Upper
Canada Preserved medal was produced after the War, but very few were
actually awarded. A website will identify gravesites across Canada and
feature the veterans' biographies, which will form a very useful database
for students and researchers. At least one thousand plaques are expected to
be distributed across the country.
"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our
collective identity and define who we are as Canadians," said Minister
Moore. "On the road to 2017, let us celebrate all of the things that make
Canada the united, strong, and free country we are today."
"By honouring their graves, we will learn more about these veterans who
defended our land and ultimately won the fight for Canada," said Mr.
Stanton. "This is a way to remember their heroic efforts, which tell the
story of the Canada we know today-an independent and free country in a
constitutional monarchy with its own parliamentary system."
"We are very pleased that the federal government has seen fit to supply
funding for this most worthwhile project," said Lyn Downer, Chair of the
Southern Georgian Bay War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee. "It will represent
the first time in our history as a nation that we will honour the rank and
file veterans of the War of 1812-veterans who, by virtue of their courage,
strength of character and resolve, form the very foundation of our country."
The Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada is a group of
individuals who recreate the rich naval and military history of Upper Canada
from 1750 to 1880. They take part in many educational and public events, in
addition to co-ordinating and participating in living history and battle
re-enactments across North America.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $140,000 through Canadian
Heritage's 1812 Commemoration Fund. The Fund supports community-based
projects to foster greater awareness and understanding of the importance of
David J. Brunelle, OCT
Southern Georgian Bay
War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee
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