1812 BICENTENNIAL: ‘Flames Across Niagara’ returns to Fort Erie and Buffalo next weekend

NIAGARA – The sky will be on fire on both sides of the border for the 3rd Annual Flames Across Niagara, Dec. 8.Bonfires will be lit in Fort Erie and Buffalo to commemorate the Burning of Black Rock and the Burning of Buffalo during the War of 1812.

This year marks the 199th anniversary of the blaze, which took place on Dec. 30, 1813.

A large group of British soldiers landed on the American side of the border and set flame to homes and buildings in Black Rock and Buffalo.

The event commemorates the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812.

“More than 300 people attended last year’s event,” said organizer John Sek from the Fort Erie 1812 Bicentennial Committee and the Second Lincoln Artillery.

“We hope to have even more come out this year to take part in the commemoration of the Burning of Black Rock.”

Beginning at 6 p.m., a massive bonfire will be lit in Fort Erie at the Old Coal Docks on the corner of Jarvis St. and the Niagara Pkwy. At the same, a fire will be glowing across the river at Squaw Island Park in Historic Black Rock.

Complete event details for Fort Erie and Buffalo can be found at www.FortErie1812.ca.

(Submitted by event organizers)

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