GANANOQUE, ON, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - The Lions Club of Gananoque will be
able to commemorate the raid of Gananoque and the fight for Canada,
thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was
announced today by Gord Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds-Grenville),
on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages.
The 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is significant for the Town of Gananoque
as its founder, Joel Stone, was a colonel in the Loyalist British Army
and defended the town and the area against the American invasion during
With this funding, the Lions Club of Gananoque will present the
community commemoration Celebrating Our Roots - Where It All Began.
Activities will include historical re-enactments, musical and
theatrical performances, and a heritage walk by local artists and
historical heritage performers. In addition to this celebration, the
Lions Club is constructing a pedestrian gateway to Joel Stone Heritage
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to celebrate
important milestones like the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the fight for Canada" said Minister
Moore. "By supporting this commemoration, our Government is delivering
on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our culture and
"Projects that commemorate important events in our history are wonderful
opportunities for Canadians to come together and take pride in Canada,"
said Mr. Brown. "The investment will enable this community to share a
defining moment that shaped our nation with their fellow Canadians."
"The commemoration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial is an opportunity for
the citizens of the Gananoque-1000 Islands area to celebrate their
heritage, stimulate an interest in their history, and bring patriotism
and nationalism into focus," said John McLeod, Lions Club of Gananoque
Director. "It will also provide an opportunity for the local economy,
which in recent years has seen several industries shut down, to be
stimulated by tourism and showcase community initiatives."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $96,620 over two years
through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
Details on planned activities and funding opportunities will be made
available on the website for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at www.1812.gc.ca.
You can now download the official Government of Canada mobile
application and browse the mobile site for information about the
commemoration, key battles and heroes, and related national historic
sites, as well as other interactive features that will be updated in
the coming months in the lead-up to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom. )
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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