October 13, 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Queenston Heights. History became alive as visitors were treated to historic interpreters, military demonstrations, tour of Brock's Monument, musical entertainment, period merchants and craftspeople and the re-enactment of the battle with a ceremony commemorating those who fought and fell during the War of 1812. Hundreds of re-enactors from both sides of the border performed in the battle. Cannon fire, the crack of rifle volleys, war cries and lots of smoke showed a realistic battle scene. The narrative of the Battle made the audience appreciate the sacrifices that were made and the significance of that battle in shaping Canada.
The Commemorative service featured numerous dignitaries who provided comments on the day's significance. Among them were Parks Canada CEO Alan Latourelle, Niagara Parks Commission Chair Janice Thomson, Historian and Author Dr. Wesley Turner, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor , Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley, Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson, Attorney General of Canada, Ontario’s minister of culture, sport and tourism Michael Chan and Niagara based historian Wilma Morrison who spoke about the efforts of the black soldiers in the Coloured Corps of Upper Canada.
Rick Hill, chairperson of the Six Nations Legacy Consortium, along with Keith Jamieson talked about the Native allies contribution and presented a medallion. It was an informative and moving commemoratve ceremony.
Tours and entertainment by Gin Lane continued until the fireworks display at night.
2 historic tracks from The Regency Ballroom CD are at the beginning of the video.
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