Saturday, April 27, 2013

Battle of York Bicentennial 2013

The army will march again on the 200th anniversary of the battle between Canada and the United States during the War of 1812. Two centuries of peace followed the war when Toronto, then known as the Upper Canada Town of York only held approximately 700 citizens. The Americans captured the town in a six-hour battle and burned the parliament buildings and several other buildings.

Prince Phillip sits in a chair and watches the ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2013 will have a Commemorative Ceremony to mark the sacrifice of combatants on both sides who were injured or lost their lives in the invasion. There is lots planned for the Provincial Legislature grounds including a visit by His royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh (pictured at top), and a parachute demonstration. Later a parade with over 1,500 armed force personnel will march from Queen's Park to Old Fort York.
Inside the fort will be a living history portrayed with re-enactors among the buildings and grounds of the National Historic Site. Many roads will be closed for the days events and parking will be non-existent at the fort, so park somewhere and walk or take public transit.

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