1812 Celebrations Update

Toni Williams   

CANNONS ARE LOADED FOR 1812 BICENTENNIAL OPENING CEREMONIES WEEKEND NIAGARA REGION, ON (May 25, 2012)– The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council will be commemorating the official “Declaration of the War of 1812” during their Opening Ceremonies Weekend, June 14-18th. Almost 20 events both hosted and showcased by the Legacy Council all across Niagara make up the Opening Ceremonies weekend. On the evening of Thursday, June 14th teachers from across Ontario and Western New York are invited to a partnered event at Brock University for an educator’s forum and panel discussions, in association with WNED showcasing their 1812 teaching guides. On Saturday June 16th, at 10:00 a.m., the public is invited to gather at Queenston Heights, to commemorate the Declaration of War, and reflect on the beginning of the conflict that helped shape Canada. Join community leaders for this historic occasion under the shadow of Sir Isaac Brock’s monument, with a presentation by the Six Nations Legacy Consortium to follow. Also on June 16th at Queenston Heights, there will be a Heritage Fair from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with historical vendors and merchants and free entertainment all day. From 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on June 16th will also see a re-dedication of the Grimsby 1812 Peace Garden will take place, launching a commemorative series 1812 peace garden dedications across Ontario and New York state, and as far away at St. Mary’s Georgia. On Sunday, June 17th, a multi-denominational church service will be held at the Chippewa Battlefield in Niagara Falls at 1:00 p.m. Later in the evening on Sunday at 9:00 p.m., a special viewing of WNED’s documentary The War of 1812 will be shown on an outdoor HD cinema at Oaks Garden in Niagara Falls, followed by the bursting, brilliant fireworks over the falls. (more...)