Amherstburg to dedicate second bicentennial peace garden

The Windsor Star

October 10, 2012.

Amherstburg to dedicate second bicentennial peace garden
A historical reenactor, from Amherstburg, Ontario fires a musket during a War of 1812 ceremony along River Canard on July 16, 2012. (Jason Kryk/The Windsor Star)

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Julie Kotsis

AMHERSTBURG Commemorations of the War of 1812 continue Saturday with a ceremony dedicating Fort Covington as the second 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden in Amherstburg.

The King’s Navy Yard Park was the first garden in 2010.

Falling on the provincially declared Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock Day, the dedication recalls the establishment of temporary fortifications by American Gen. William Harrison and his force of 3,000 men at the site in the fall of 1813.

They named the fort after Gen. Leonard Covington, an American commander of the War of 1812.

As late as the 1960s, the trenches were still visible. They have since been filled in by roadways and infrastructure.

Visitor information manager Jennifer Ibrahim said the garden acknowledges the encampment and “reflects on a time when there was discord between two developing nations.”

The ceremony takes place Saturday at 11 a.m. The garden is near the Amherstburg Police Service building at 532 Sandwich St. S.

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