30 July 2013

New Brunswick to participate in War of 1812 cross-border commemoration

Tourism, Heritage and Culture

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot, which famously marched from New Brunswick to present-day Ontario during the War of 1812, will be honoured Aug. 3 at a cross-border commemoration ceremony in Sackets Harbor, N.Y.

"During the past year-and-one-half, New Brunswickers have come together in numerous community commemorative events, and this event will help us remember another aspect of this important time in our history," said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. “Soldiers in New Brunswick stepped up to the plate to defend the borders of what was then known as Upper Canada. By doing so, they helped set the stage for what would become a great country and a great province."

The ceremony will honour the British soldiers – including members of the regiment – as well as the American soldiers who died in Sackets Harbor in May 1813. A plaque from the Province of New Brunswick will be unveiled. It bears the inscription:

To support the British military effort during the War of 1812, New Brunswick's 104th Regiment of Foot marched 700 miles from Fredericton, New Brunswick, to Kingston, in present-day Ontario, during the winter of 1813. The Regiment then participated in the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor in May 1813, suffering heavy casualties.

The bronze plaque, mounted on granite, will overlook Lake Ontario. A large granite ledger engraved with the names of the 42 casualties from the Crown Forces will be a part of the memorial. A monument honouring the British soldiers buried there will also be unveiled.

"We are glad to be able to provide a plaque that commemorates New Brunswick's fallen soldiers to this monument," said Holder. "The qualities that today's New Brunswickers share, including resilience, determination and pride of place, have their roots in historical events such as the march of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot and the Sackets Harbor battle.

“While this monument will commemorate these men, and the noble cause for which they died, it is hoped the memorial will also provide visitors to the site with a better understanding of the historical heritage shared between the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.”

Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald, chair of New Brunswick's War of 1812 commemorative committee, will attend on behalf of the provincial government.