QUÉBEC CITY, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, was invited today
to participate in the unveiling of a stamp commemorating
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry. Minister
Blaney joined representatives of the Voltigeurs Museum and
Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Bélanger, Commanding Officer of Les Voltigeurs de Québec, for the unveiling which took place at the Étienne-Parent Library in de
Salaberry's birthplace, the borough of Beauport.
"During the past year, Canadians have paid tribute to many heroes of the
War of 1812. I am especially proud to be here today at the unveiling of
this stamp in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel de Salaberry, a true
French-Canadian hero," said Minister Blaney. "Salaberry and his
Voltigeurs are known for having bravely defended Canada 200 years ago,
and we must never forget the sacrifices they made, as they participated
in building the Canada we know today."
The stamp is part of a series marking the bicentennial of the War of
1812. Two stamps— including the one in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel
Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry—will be issued on June 20, 2013
by Canada Post.
A lieutenant-colonel in the British Army, Salaberry is best known for
winning the Battle of Châteauguay in October 1813. With a smaller force
than the enemy, composed entirely of Lower Canadian (Quebec) Militia
and Mohawk allies, he managed to make them retreat by ordering his men
to assault, while screaming, thereby tricking them into believing that
his force was much larger than its actual numbers. It is thanks to this
maneuver that Charles-Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry repelled the
American troops and saved Montréal from a large-scale attack.
The heritage of the Canadian Voltigeurs regiment, who was among the
troops led by Salaberry during the battle, is today perpetuated by Les Voltigeurs de Québec, who also carry the CHATEAUGUAY battle honour.
To find out more about the 1812 commemorative stamp series, please visit
canadapost.ca, and to discover the stories of today's Canadian Veterans, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs