FREDERICTON, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Residents of Fredericton and
surrounding areas will be able to participate in important
commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, thanks to an investment from the
Government of Canada. Support was announced today by the Honourable
Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the
Atlantic Gateway, and Member of Parliament (Fredericton), on behalf of
the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
With this investment, the St. John River Society and the Fredericton
Region Museum will be able to offer programming to help local residents
learn more about the role played by New Brunswick during the War.
Activities will include a re-enactment of the March of the 104th Regiment of Foot and a special museum exhibit.
During the War of 1812, the winter of 1813 was one of extreme cold and
heavy snows. Between February and April, the 104th Regiment of Foot marched more than 1100 kilometres from Fredericton,
New Brunswick, to Kingston, Ontario, to reinforce British troops and
thwart an expected invasion by the Americans. This effort by a regiment
of poorly clothed, frostbitten and hungry soldiers stands as an
incredible feat in military history.
"Canada would not exist had the American invasion not been repelled
during the War of 1812, and for that reason, the War was a defining
chapter in our history," said Minister Moore. We invite all Canadians
to learn more about the War of 1812 and take part in many of the
activities and events that will pay tribute to our heroes."
"By supporting these activities, our Government will give residents of
New Brunswick and tourists from outside the province the opportunity to
appreciate this important moment in our history," said Minister
Ashfield. "We are proud to help celebrate the heroic efforts of our
ancestors and tell the story of the Canada we know today."
"The financial support from the Government of Canada is essential to the
success of our many activities commemorating the War of 1812 in our
province," said Peter Pacey, Chair of the St. John River Society War of
1812 Commemoration Committee. "New Brunswick played a pivotal role in
the War of 1812 and Canada's road to nationhood. This funding, along
with strong partnerships, will allow us the opportunity to share this
heritage with citizens and communities in our province."
"We believe it is very important to commemorate historical events such
as the War of 1812, and we are pleased to have the support of the
Government of Canada," said Fred White, President of the York Sunbury
Historical Society, which operates the Fredericton Region Museum. "Our
special exhibit would not be possible without funding from programs
such as the 1812 Commemoration Fund. This exhibit will be an excellent
way to highlight New Brunswick's rich heritage and the legacy of the
War of 1812."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $142,060 to the St.
John River Society and $7,800 to the Fredericton Region Museum, for a
total of $149,860. This support is provided through Canadian Heritage's
Federal Secretariat for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812
Commemoration Fund. The Secretariat supports community-based projects
to foster greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the
importance of this moment in our history.
Visit 1812.gc.ca for more information about the Commemoration Fund.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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