By Ian Mather
Administrator/Editor 1812 News
June 23, 2012
Fort Erie, Ontario held The Grande Parade today one of the largest 1812 bicentennial celebrations in North America.
General Rick Hillier was the Honourary Parade Marshal. General Hillier was the Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces from 2005 to 2008. This is the highest military rank in the Canadian Forces.
Other dignitaries included: Mayor of Fort Erie Doug Martin, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, Brigadier General Barry LeGrys and Commander Wayne Sorrentino
Thousands of people lined the Parade route. Marching Bands, Pipe and Drum Bands from both Canada and the United States were amongst the entries in the Parade. Both Canada and The United States were well represented with organizations coming from as far away as Ajax, Ontario and Rochester, New York.
Te Day will wrap up with a Military Tattoo at Fort Eire this evening.
General Rick Hillier, Honourary Parade Marshal
Military representatives from both sides of the boarder were in attendance for today’s bicentennial parade.
General Rick Hillier, Brigadier General Barry LeGrys, Colonel Creg Paulk and Justice Minister Rod Nicholson
Commander Wayne Sorrentino, (Retired), US Navy Reserve.
Brigadier General Barry LeGrys, British Defence Advisor the High Commissioner to Canada
Colonel Creg Paulk, Senior Defence Official and Defence Attache to the American Ambassador
Staff Sergeant Major Robert Atkin, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Brigadier General Barry LeGrys, Staff Sergeant Major Robert Atkin, and General Rick Hillier pose with Volunteers
Fort Erie Mayor takes the podium just before the parade
General Rick Hillier and and Ed Pigeau immediate President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command, look on as military re-enactors pass
The Drums, Forces 1812
The Highland Creeks Pipes and Drums
General Hillier salutes an the as the Highland Creek Pipes and Drum pass the podium.
General Rick Hillier stands in Front of the Peace Bridge. The bridge Joins Buffalo, New York with Fort Erie, Ontario.
Happy Jacks Restaurant provided the food for the VIP event.
Some of the VIP’s enjoying a bite to eat before the Parade starts
All images ©Ian Mather