Media Advisory: Governor General to Attend Celebrations Commemorating the Bicentennial of the Declaration of War of 1812

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jun 13, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will attend events commemorating the bicentennial of the declaration of the War of 1812, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

“As we approach the bicentennial of the outbreak of the War of 1812, we remember and honour English, French and First Nations communities who, together with British military forces, defended Canada and thereby ensured our existence and independent destiny,” said His Excellency. “These celebrations are an opportunity for all Canadians to acknowledge this important chapter in the history of our country and to cherish our nation as we know it today.”

        
        10 a.m.
        Official Opening Ceremonies of War of 1812 Commemorations
        His Excellency will attend the opening ceremonies of the bicentennial of the
        War of 1812, hosted by the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council, on the historic
        battlefield of Queenston Heights. This ceremony will launch over 1 000 days
        of commemorations across the region. As commander-in-chief of Canada, His
        Excellency will inspect a guard of honour comprised of the Queen's York
        Rangers and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. He will also deliver an
        address to government officials, guests and members of the public gathered
        on this occasion. For more information about the declaration of the War of

www.discover1812.com            information about Queenston Heights Historic Site of Canada, visit

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/queenstonheights     
www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/queenston-heights.html            Queenston Heights Historic Site of Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake
        OPEN TO MEDIA
        11 a.m.
        Visit to Brock's Monument and Heritage Fair
        His Excellency will visit Brock's Monument, a 56-metre column dedicated to
        Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, one of Canada's heroes of the War of 1812,
        who died during the Battle of Queenston Heights. In addition, His Excellency
        will stop by the Heritage Fair to see various cultural performances and meet
        with merchants dressed in period costume who will be showcasing artefacts
        and replicas from the era of the War of 1812. For more information about
        Brock's Monument, visit

www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/natcul/natcul2c.aspx            Queenston Heights Historic Site of Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake
        PHOTO OP
        1 p.m.
        Visit to Laura Secord Homestead
        The Governor General will visit the residence of Canadian heroine Laura
        Secord, who walked 32 kilometres to warn the British Army of an imminent
        American attack in June of 1813. For more information on the Laura Secord
        Homestead, visit

www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/laura-secord-homestead.html            29 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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        1:30 p.m.
        Cycling on the Niagara River Recreation Trail
        His Excellency will cycle 12 kilometres from the Laura Secord Homestead to
        Fort George on the Niagara River Recreation Trail, with volunteers and
        cycling enthusiasts from the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Trans
        Canada Trail.
        Constructed in 1986, this 53-kilometre trail is managed by the NPC and is
        linked to the Trans Canada Trail, of which His Excellency is patron. This
        trail follows what was once considered the front lines between Canadian,
        British and American forces and their Aboriginal allies during the War of
        1812. The trail connects Queenston Heights and Fort George, and winds itself
        along the entire Niagara River corridor from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-
        Lake, Ontario. For more information about the Niagara River Recreation
        Trail, visit

www.niagaraparks.com/nature-trails/niagara-river-recreation-trail.html            Niagara River Recreation Trail, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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        2:30 p.m.
        Visit to Fort George and Discussion with Parks Canada Interpretive Staff
        His Excellency will visit the Fort George National Historic Site of Canada,
        which was constructed across the Niagara River by the British Army to
        protect their interests in Upper Canada. In 1802, Fort George was completed
        and served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army
        during the War of 1812.
        During his visit, the Governor General will tour the soldiers' barracks, the
        powder magazine-the oldest surviving military building in Ontario-the new
        1812 exhibit and the officers' quarters, where a discussion with
        interpretive guides on the importance of the War of 1812 today will take
        place.
        The visit will conclude with a performance by the Fife Drum Corps of the
        41st Regiment as they celebrate their 25th anniversary, and with the firing
        of the brass six-pounder field gun. For more information about Fort George

www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortgeorge            Fort George National Historic Site of Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake
        OPEN TO MEDIA
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