REMEMBERING A WAR AND A FRIEND

Wednesday evening the Thorold War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee held its memorial of the Battle of Beverdams and its participants at the Battlefield Memorial Site, corner of Davis and Old Thorold Stone Roads. As always, it was a solemn occasion, with laying of wreaths by various organizations, much like a Remembrance Day ceremony.

If you’re wondering why this War of 1812 presentation, the opening Town Crier’s cry explains: Battle of Beaverdams Memorial – 2015

Reverend George Addison, representing Thorold’s Faith Assembly and himself an avid historian, gave the blessings and spoke on the one thing that makes the monument at the Battlefield truly unique: it speaks to the turmoil surrounding the Natives’ decision to fight on behalf of the Crown and their single-handed defeat of the the U.S. troops in battle here.

Added to this annual event this year was the dedication of a tree to the memory of Alun Hughes, 1812 Committee Vice-Chair and researcher, Thorold’s Honorary Historian, Brock Geography professor, and our friend. We miss you Alun.

Procession approaching the Memorial Site.

Procession approaching the Memorial Site.

Thorold's Town Crier, Tony Vandermaas (me).

Thorold’s Town Crier, Tony Vandermaas (me).

Modern flags of the groups fighting in the War of 1812: Canada, Britain, Haudenosaunee, U.S.

Modern flags of the groups fighting in the War of 1812:
Canada, Britain, Haudenosaunee, U.S.

Master of Ceremonies and committee chair, John Burtniak.

Master of Ceremonies and committee chair, John Burtniak.

 

 

Rev, George Addison of Trinity United Church

Rev, George Addison of Trinity United Church

Canadian Corps Colour Guard.

Canadian Corps Colour Guard.

Joyce Little, wife of the late Alun Hughes, and daughters.

Joyce Little, wife of the late Alun Hughes, and daughters.

Musket salute by the 2nd Lincoln Militia.

Musket salute by the 2nd Lincoln Militia.

Dedicating the tree to the memory of Alun Hughes.

Dedicating the tree to the memory of Alun Hughes.

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