Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto on Simcoe Day, Monday, Aug. 1
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“Our government is committed to support our men and women in uniform and to commemorate Canada’s military heritage,” Peter MacKay, the minister of national defence, said at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto on Wednesday, just prior to the 200th anniversary of the battle in the War of 1812.
“I am pleased to be here on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Detroit to honour those regiments and soldiers whose decisive actions protected our nation, contributing to the prosperity, well being and freedom we enjoy today.”
A special award created by the United Kingdon after the battle, called the Battle Honour DETROIT, was originally only given to a British foot regiment who served in the battle. But this year, it is to be given to others involved - the 56th Field Artillery Regiment of Brantford, The Essex and Kent Scottish of Windsor, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment of St. Catharines, The Queen’s York Rangers of Toronto, The Royal Canadian Regiment of Petawawa and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry of Hamilton - to fly as a standard.
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment stationed in St. John’s N.L. will also receive the standard as many Newfoundlanders were present at the Battle of Detroit.
“The Battle Honour DETROIT recognizes the services rendered by the Canadian units that served during the Battle of Detroit and permits the modern Canadian Army regiments that perpetuate these units to carry this great honour,” MacKay said.
“It will serve as a reminder of the achievements of those who fought in the War of 1812 and will allow today’s Canadian Forces personnel to honour and remember those who served before them.