National War of 1812 Veteran Graveside Recognition Project
A national project that is unique in Canadian History to honour veterans of the War of 1812 will begin at St. James-on-the-Lines Anglican Church in Penetanguishene Ontario on Sunday, July 28, 2013. The first two granite plaques to mark the graves of veterans of the War of 1812 will be unveiled in a ceremony at the church cemetery following the service. The unveiling ceremony will take place at approximately 12:00 noon.
This is a massive national project initiated by the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada, a not for profit charitable volunteer organization based in Penetanguishene. This project will see us map and identify veterans of the War of 1812 and mark their graves with a bilingual black granite plaque so all Canadians can honour their service to our nation.
The details of this bicentennial project can be viewed at a recently launched website: www.1812veterans.ca.
This project was fortunate enough to receive funding from the Federal government War of 1812 Commemorative Fund and our organization thankfully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada for this Bicentennial initiative.
This is a national project that has a website dedicated to providing a searchable data base of the biographies of War of 1812 veterans for the use of students and researchers alike, a data base that until now has never been attempted. Each plaque placed at a War of 1812 Veteran's gravesite across Canada will relate to corresponding biographies of the veterans with the location of the grave on our website. Over the first phase of the project we hope to add up to 1000 War of 1812 veterans across the country and post the biographies that will tell the stories of these Canadian heroes.
We encourage the public to attend this most historic plaque unveiling and honour local War of 1812 Veterans – Captain James Keating – R.A. and Admiral John Moberly – R.N.
Our organization has taken on the project to ensure that the War of 1812 veterans get the recognition that they deserve, not only in the defense of Canada, but also for their dedication in building the foundation of the Canada that we live in today.
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