Media Advisory - Aurora Armoury commemorated by provincial plaque

    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ -

    Date:                 Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location:             Aurora Armoury
                          138 Larmont Street, Aurora
    Directions:           From Highway 404, take the Aurora Exit. From
                          Wellington Street, turn south on Larmont Street.
                          The Armoury is at the corner of Larmont and Moseley
    Photo opportunity     The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander unveils
                          provincial plaque
    Contact:              Gordon Pim
                          Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                          Telephone: 416-325-1484

    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and The Queen's York Rangers (1st American
Regiment) (RCAC) on November 7 as we unveil a provincial plaque to commemorate
the Aurora Armoury and its long and historic association with the Town of
    As Canada assumed responsibility for its own defence from Britain, drill
sheds and armouries were constructed as a response to the associated
challenges and initiatives. These facilities reflected the increased emphasis
on defence during the period, the importance of the militia to Canadian
security, and the development of the military profession in Canada.
    The Aurora Armoury, built in 1874 as a drill shed, is the oldest
purpose-built armoury still used by the military in Ontario. It is an
evocative link to the larger history of the province's militia regiments,
recruited regionally, and possessing close affiliations with their
communities. It was also the site of Edward Blake's famous "Aurora speech" in
1874 when the prominent politician and former Ontario premier called on the
federal government to implement nationalistic and electoral reforms.
    Today, the Aurora Armoury is home to The Queen's York Rangers (1st
American Regiment) (RCAC).

    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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For further information:

For further information: Gordon Pim, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Telephone: (416) 325-1484, E-mail:

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