Plans in works to celebrate anniversary of the war of 1812

On June 18, 1812 the United States declared war on Britain – and that meant war with the British territory that was eventually to become Canada. What isn’t well known, says bicentennial committee chairman James Lynch, is that many Newfoundlanders fought in the war of 1812 – as members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry. Because of the Newfoundlanders’ extensive experience as both soldiers and sailors, he said, more than half of the regiment was posted to Kingston, for service in the great lakes. The remainder were assigned to detachments at Quebec, Prescott, Fort George and Fort York on the Niagara Peninsula. Planned projects to celebrate our role in the war are contingent on the availability of federal and provincial funding, but range from raising a volunteer regiment to perform across the province to inviting historical animators from all over North America to St. John’s.

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