QUEENSTON, ON, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C.,
Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced
an investment in the Friends of Laura Secord for the Laura Secord
Bicentennial Event and Commemorative Walk. Funding will help residents
and visitors learn about the important role played by Laura Secord, also known as the Heroine of Beaver Dams, during the War of 1812.
"Tomorrow we will mark the 200th anniversary of Laura Secord's historic walk to warn the British outpost
of an impending enemy attack. It is most fitting that it be remembered
with this re-enactment," said Minister Nicholson. "We are proud to help
commemorate the efforts of our heroes and to tell the stories of the
accomplishments that led to the evolution of the Canada we know today."
The event will recreate the trek taken by Laura Secord in 1813. The
commemorative walk will be held on June 22, 2013, and will cross four
municipalities, as well as historic forested Aboriginal trails and
urban streetscapes. Close to 5,000 participants are expected to join
the re-enactment of Laura Secord's journey.
"Canada would not exist had the American invasion of 1812-14 not been
repelled; for that reason, the War of 1812 was a defining chapter in
our history," said Minister Moore. "We invite all Canadians to learn
more about this important part of our past and to take part in the many
activities and events that will pay tribute to our heroes like Laura
"This generous contribution will help to ensure that Laura Secord, a
cherished national icon, is commemorated in a most historically
appropriate way," said Caroline McCormick, President, Friends of Laura
Secord. "This event will encourage an interest in her legacy and in
other unsung heroes of the time. The Legacy Trail and educational
resources will provide an enduring legacy for years to come. We hope
that everyone will take the opportunity to walk into history with us on
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $171,500 over two years
to the Friends of Laura Secord through Canadian Heritage's 1812 Commemoration Fund. The Fund supports community-based projects to foster greater awareness
and understanding of the importance of this conflict.
Visit 1812.gc.ca to learn more about the Fight for Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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