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.