By Jeff Blay, Thorold Niagara News
Monday, June 24, 2013
A view of the original Battle of Beaverdams monument at the Battle of Beaverdams Park in Thorold. (JEFF BLAY/Thorold Niagara News)
THOROLD – Thorold’s War of 1812 bicentennial events concluded Monday with a memorial service honouring those lost in the Battle of Beaverdams.
It was June 24, 1813 that the battle was fought – two days after Laura Secord warned British Lieutenant James Fitzgibbon of an impending American attack.
On Monday – 200 years later – local groups and dignitaries gathered at Battle of Beaverdams Park in Thorold, placing wreaths on the pair of memorial statues that honour both the British and American soldiers lost in the battle.
The event marked the end of Thorold’s bicentennial celebrations, which kicked off Saturday with a Laura Secord Commemorative Walk, a Provincial Town Criers competition and period re-enactments at the DeCew House Heritage Park.
On Sunday, a memorial dedication and native reconciliation ceremony was held at the actual site of the battle on Davis Rd. – on the east side of the Welland Canal – giving due credit to the the native allies who fought and won the battle.