A Christmas Message of Thanksfrom the Graveside Team
Dave Brunelle, Lyn Downer and Seaghan Hancocks
Imagine the Christmas message of 200 years ago, in 1813. Perhaps one of despair or fear of an ongoing war, or perhaps one of hope for a fledgling nation. Ours, in 2013 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 project. Join us as we celebrate this Christmas season honouring our 1812 veterans. We hope you enjoy a small sample of the fruits of your labours as pictured in the press releases below.
— Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, OCTOBER 27, 2013
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 Volunteers, The HMS Nancy Gun Crew, 49th Regiment of Foot and On-gwe-ho-way Historical Re-enactors.
Pictures courtesy of Roger Potts Photography. Special thanks for the efforts of Dinah and Greg Hunter to honour these veterans.
FORT ERIE, ONTARIO — COLOURED CEMETERY, OCTOBER 27, 2013
Ceremony to honour War of 1812 veteran George Huffman of Flank Company 3rd Lincoln Militia at his gravesite.
Photos supplied by Vanessa Warner.
PERTH, ONTARIO, OCTOBER 12, 2013
Ceremony to honour War of 1812 veteran Michael Harris at his gravesite.
Special thanks to Karen Prytula for her efforts in honouring this veteran.
PERTH, ONTARIO, OCTOBER 2, 2013
Irene Spence — Was the driving force behind the October 2, 2013 ceremony; engaging Perth Branch 244 of the Royal Canadian Legion and Karen Rennie, Perth Heritage Tourism Manager/Curator, in organizing the ceremony around the plaque for Lieutenant Alexander Fraser (Vet ID 59). Prompted by Irene’s initiative the October 2, 2013 ceremony was extended to include the placement of plaques for Roderick Matheson (Vet ID 70), Alexander Thom (Vet ID 107) and Michael Harris (Vet ID 98) who are buried in the same cemetery, as well as Joshua Adams (Vet ID 96), William Horricks (Vet ID 49) and Andrew Playfair (Vet ID 56) who are buried elsewhere.
Special thanks to Ron Shaw for providing photos and information.
PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO, JULY 18, 2013
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 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.
Who We Are
We are a non-profit group that have come together to ensure that the War of 1812 veterans get the recognition that they deserve, not only in the defense of Canada, but also for their dedication in building the foundation of the Canada that we live in today.
This site is intended to make you, the visitor, aware of the people, the places, and the foundations that our forebearers made, sometimes in the face of extreme hardships.
Why This Project is Important
The Graveside Recognition program will fill a tremendous gap in Canadian's knowledge about the far reaching effects of the War of 1812 on our nation. We are one of a very few nations that has not honoured its founders.
The graves of veterans of the War of 1812 have never been recognized nationally and by doing so, we will bring an awareness of this time in our history to light in communities that have no other link to the War of 1812.
This project will provide a data base of biographical information on thousands of veterans of the War of 1812, a data base that presently does not exist, and one that will be a boon to future research by students of our history.
This legacy project that will see schools, heritage committees, legions, and family members research this time period and place these plaques in the future brings the promise that the veterans of the War of 1812 will not be forgotten, nor will that important part of our nation's history.