Moving a replica flag across land could have been simplified, but it wouldn’t have been historic.
It only seemed befitting that in commemorating the Bicentennial of the winter march by the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot, that their replica colours be taken across three provinces, by land, as they went in 1813.
Thus a network of Canadians across New Brunswick, Québec and Eastern Ontario came together to mark the incredible feat of nearly 600 men in the winter of 1813.
Coordinating the movement of the replica colours involved an organising group in each of the three provinces, at least 11 Canadian Forces regiments, 3 re-enactment units, more than 15 local Legions or other community groups, and many supporting individuals who also provided meals – and in some cases even marched.
Fredericton-based MLA Brian MacDonald marched the entire stretch in his province, while Michael Berk of Spencerville is currently completing the Eastern Ontario leg.
The replica colours will arrive in Kingston on April 12 and will be received at the Royal Military College of Canada parade square with an official ceremony beginning at 3:00 PM.
Members of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, The Brockville Rifles, and the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment will participate in the final stretch of the march. The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders regimental pipe band will play.
Several historic re-enactment groups, led by the Canadian Fencibles, will also march on April 12. The Canadian Fenicible Fifes and Drums will play as well.
MPP John Gerretsen will take part in the final ceremony, inspecting the troops assembled on the parade square with Brian MacDonald, Colonel Stephen Saulnier, Acting Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada and Colonel Howard G. Coombs, Brigade Commander of the 33 Canadian Brigade Group.
Representatives from all three provinces will also participate and will be available for interviews.
Leading War of 1812 historians will be in attendance, including Donald E. Graves, Major John Grodzinski, and René Chartrand.
Please use caution while driving April 12th on the following route:
Highway 2 from GANANOQUE to the McNaughton Gate and onto the McNaughton Parade Square.
McNaughton Parade Square to the Matheson Gate, across Highway 15, through BARRIEFIELD, onto Highway 2, left and into the Royal Military College of Canada through the MAIN gate.
For more information, visit: celebrate1812.ca/104thMarch
Release and photo: celebrate1812.ca