Imagine the New Year’s thoughts of 200 years ago, in 1814. Perhaps thoughts of despair or fear of an ongoing war, perhaps of hope for a fledgling nation. Ours, in 2014 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 unique national project. Join us as we celebrate the New Year honouring our 1812 veterans.
We hope you enjoy a small sample of the fruits of your labours both here at at Graveside Project.
If you know or are looking to honour a War of 1812 Veteran please contact us or visit our website.
RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – 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 andOn-gwe-ho-way Historical Re-enactors.
Pictures courtesy of Roger Potts Photography. Special thanks for the efforts of Dinah Cruse and Greg Hunter to honour these veterans.
PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO – 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 at 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.