An Invitation To Annual War of 1812 Battle of Chippawa Commemoration In Niagara, Ontario

–        On Tuesday, July 5th at 7 P.M.

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks

Posted June 30th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission and the Chippawa Branch 396 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a commemorative service to honour those who served on the Chippawa Battlefield on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m., at the Chippawa Battlefield Monument.

A Commemoration ceremony at the Battle of Chippawa memorial. File photo from Niagara Parks

A Commemoration ceremony at the Battle of Chippawa memorial. File photo from Niagara Parks

Fought on July 5, 1814, the Battle of Chippawa was the opening engagement of the Niagara campaign, the longest and bloodiest military operation of the War of 1812.

A memorial service is held on July 5 each year to commemorate those who fell in service of their nation – this pivotal battle cost the lives of 200 American, British, Canadian and Native warriors allied to both sides, most of whom are thought to be buried at the site.

The Battle marked the first time American regulars faced British regulars in a stand-up military action fought in the open and many historians cite Chippawa as the birthplace of the modern American army.

Battle of Chippawa re-enactment. File photo from Niagara Parks

Battle of Chippawa re-enactment. File photo from Niagara Parks

A focal point of the Battlefield Park is the memorial cairn, dedicated to the memory of the regiments and First Nations warriors who fought in this battle. The cairn is also meant to commemorate and celebrate the peace that has prevailed between Canada and the United States since that time. The monument is constructed of dolomite limestone donated by Fort Niagara (Youngstown, NY), another key site in the War of 1812 topped by cannon balls from Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake).

NPC acquired the site of the Battle of Chippawa in 1995 and has preserved 121 hectares of this last remaining War of 1812 battlefield. Located on the Niagara Parkway, south of the Village of Chippawa, interpretive panels along the self-guided walking tour help visitors to understand the events of this important battle.

About The Niagara Parks CommissionThe Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

For more on the history of the battle, click on http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-attractions/battle-of-chippawa.html .

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