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Government Marker Program to Honour War of 1812 Veterans

by Fred Hayward UE

Communities across Canada will have a chance to commemorate heroes of the War of 1812, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Funding for the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada was announced in Penetanguishene, Ontario on January 14, 2013 by Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament (Simcoe North), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This investment will help establish a national program to honour the graves of War of 1812 veterans. Canadians will be able to apply for granite plaques to be placed at veterans’ gravesites. Each plaque will have a replica of the Upper Canada Preserved medal etched onto its surface. The original Upper Canada Preserved medal was produced after the War, but very few were actually awarded. A website will identify gravesites across Canada and feature the veterans’ biographies, which will form a very useful database for students and researchers. At least one thousand plaques are expected to be distributed across the country.

To date the UELAC website lists the names and stories of 14 veterans in the “Loyalist and the War of 1812” folder. If the burial sites are identified, these names would be suitable for commemoration through this programme. While the Association awaits further instructions from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, it is hoped that a member would step forward to complete this small project. Similar to the Ontario Loyalist License Plate project led by Ben Thornton, the scope of this challenge can be brief but the benefits can be immense. If you would welcome this opportunity to serve UELAC, please contact Fred Hayward at public.relations@uelac.org.

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