NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, June 16, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of
Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
of Canada, today attended the Brock Ball at Fort George National
Historic Site to commemorate the start of the War of 1812.
The Brock Ball, organized by the Niagara Historical Society Museum,
aimed to recreate the meal served on the eve of the declaration of the
War of 1812, when Major-General Sir Isaac Brock and the residents of
Niagara learned that they were at war with their American neighbours.
"The Brock Ball marks a key event at the start of the War of 1812 and is
one of the many commemorative activities that will take place over the
next three years," said Minister Moore. "I invite Canadians across the
country to join in the activities planned for the 200th anniversary of the War so that they can learn more about our shared
history and the people who fought for our country."
"Thanks to the Niagara Historical Society Museum, the Brock Ball enables
us to gather together and mark an important anniversary for our
country, as well as for our region," said Minister Nicholson. "I invite
my fellow citizens to commemorate the unique history of our own part of
Canada, and I invite Canadians throughout the country to come and
discover the richness of our collective past."
Fort George National Historic Site played an important part in the War
of 1812. It served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the
British Army, which included British regulars, local militia,
Aboriginal warriors, and Runchey's corps of freed slaves. Major-General
Sir Isaac Brock, "the saviour of Upper Canada," served at the fort
until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812.
To learn more about the War, visit 1812.gc.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
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