St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 18, 2012 -- The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today recognized the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812 at Signal Hill National Historic Site. The event was held in partnership with the United States National Park Service and featured a simulcast broadcast between Signal Hill and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-in Bay, Ohio. This was the first of a series of events that will mark the War of 1812 at Parks Canada sites in Eastern Newfoundland this summer.
"Parks Canada is proud to partner with Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial to offer a memorable event that will resonate with the remarkable shared history of the War of 1812 among Canadian and American sites," said Minister Kent. "Events to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 are taking place at Parks Canada sites today, providing meaningful opportunities for learning and reflection on this conflict's influence across the country and beyond our southern borders."
Historical animators at Signal Hill and the Perry's Victory site commemorated the declaration of war on June 18, 1812. The event began in Ohio with a mock declaration of war by United States President James Madison and his wife Dolley and concluded in St. John's Newfoundland Governor Sir John Duckworth, responding to the declaration of war by forming a recruiting party for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Fencible Infantry. Newfoundland's first journalist, John Ryan, played by Dale Jarvis, reported live from the event.
"I invite you to visit Signal Hill this summer to further discover the history of the War of 1812, Newfoundland's role in the conflict and the war's impact on this nation," said the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador. "History will come to life at Signal Hill this summer. I hope you will join us and feel the drama, share your experiences with your friends and family across the world, and be inspired to explore Canada's other national historic sites."
"My staff and I at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial are looking forward to many more joint ventures between Signal Hill National Historic Site and/or other Parks Canada sites as the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is commemorated in the US and Canada," said Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky at Perry's Victory and Peace Memorial. "It is heartening to know that our two agencies are telling these important stories and working in partnership to increase stewardship of historic sites in our respective countries."
For the next three years, a significant chapter in Canada's history will be marked at many of Canada's national historic sites, where Parks Canada will be hosting authentic experiences and activities to commemorate the War of 1812.
Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 43 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.
For more information on War of 1812 anniversary events and activities at national historic sites across the country, please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/culture/1812/index.aspx.