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First Light 2016, Ste. Marie Among the Hurons

Our group and re-enactment friends have been invited to participate in the First Light event at Ste. Marie among the Hurons again this year.

We will be providing musket and cannon firing demonstrations of the mid 1700’s era when France still ruled over the colonies in Canada.

The event was held for three days each week, starting Thursday November 24, Friday and Saturday for the next three weeks, concluding on Saturday December 10.

Our cannon was located in the Northwest bastion.

Enjoy the attached pictures.

Hoisting the Cannon into Position from the railbed
Hoisting the Cannon into Position from the railbed
Closer to the Northwest Bastion
Closer to the Northwest Bastion
Cannon Firing
Cannon Firing
Cannon Firing
Cannon Firing

 

New Years Greeting!

Imagine the New Year’s thoughts of 200 years ago, in 1814. Perhaps thoughts of despair or fear of an ongoing war, perhaps of hope for a fledgling nation. Ours, in 2014 is one of thanks and remembrance for our 1812 veterans, their courage, strength and resolve.

To you, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your interest in honouring our War of 1812 veterans and for your continuing participation in our unique national project. Join us as we celebrate the New Year honouring our 1812 veterans.

We hope you enjoy a small sample of the fruits of your labours both here at at Graveside Project.

If you know or are looking to honour a War of 1812 Veteran please contact us or visit our website.

Happy New Year as we commemorate 2014!

Lyn Downer, David J. Brunelle & Seaghan Hancocks

War of 1812 Veteran Grave Marker Committee

Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada

 

Photo of the Graveside Plaque that is being laid at 1812 Veterans sites around the Country
The Graveside Plaque that is being laid at 1812 Veterans sites around the Country
The first Graveside Plaque honouring the War of 1812 veterans is laid at St. James-on-the-Line in Penetanguishene, July 18/13
Penetanguishene Ontario, July 18, 2013
First Graveside Plaque ceremony in Penetanguishene Ontario, July 18, 2013
Penetanguishene Ontario, July 18, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Richmond Hill Ontario, October 27, 2013
Richmond Hill Ontario, October 27, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Perth Ontario, October 2, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Richmond Hill Ontario, October 27, 2013
Richmond Hill Ontario, October 27, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Fort Erie Ontario, October 27, 2013
Fort Erie Ontario, October 27, 2013
Graveside Ceremony in Fort Erie Ontario, October 27, 2013
Fort Erie Ontario, October 27, 2013

York Militia Honoured

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – Five War of 1812 veterans of the York Militia were honoured in Richmond Hill, at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church on October 27, 2013. The veterans — John Arnold, David Bridgeford, John Langstaff, James Marsh and James Miles had Bicentennial commemorative plaques placed at their gravesites.

Mr. Costas Menegakis, MP for Richmond Hill, did the unveiling of the plaque for Colonel John Arnold. Mr. Reza Moridi, MPP for Richmond Hill did the unveiling for Brother James Marsh. Mr. Dave Barrow, the Mayor of Richmond Hill unveiled the plaque for John Langstaff. Rev. Duncan Jeffrey, representing the church unveiled the plaque for James Miles who was a founding elder for the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. Rt. W. Brother, John C. Green, Deputy Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ontario assisted by V. W. Bro. Jeffrey Smart, Worshipful Master of Richmond Lodge, #23, GRC, unveiled the plaque for V. W. Bro. Col. David Bridgeford.

Re-enactment Groups represented: Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada,York VolunteersThe HMS Nancy Gun Crew49th Regiment of Foot andOn-gwe-ho-way Historical Re-enactors.

Pictures courtesy of Roger Potts Photography. Special thanks for the efforts of Dinah Cruse and Greg Hunter to honour these veterans.

Captain James Keating of the Royal Artillery and Captain John Moberly of the Royal Navy, Honoured

PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO – On July 18, 2013 a plaque laying ceremony was held in Penetanguishene to honour the service of two veterans of the War of 1812. The first two plaques laid in this national bicentennial project were placed at St. James-on-the-Lines Anglican Church to honour Captain James Keating of the Royal Artillery and Captain John Moberly of the Royal Navy. Plaques were unveiled by Federal MP Bruce Stanton and Provincial MPP Garfield Dunlop.

Members of the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada address the crowd at the War of 1812 Gravside Recognition Project. This War of 1812 Bicentennial project is unique in the history of Canada as it represents the first time in our history that War of 1812 veterans have their individual stories told, and have their gravesites marked to honour their service to our nation. The Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada is a not for profit group of heritage volunteers who conceived this bicentennial project, manage the submitted biographical information, and distribute the bicentennial plaques. We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance received from the Federal government’s War of 1812 Commemorative Fund.