It is called "the Forgotten War." With the coming bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, the federal government's commitment to reviving interest in the event is seen as a positive move – for both Canadians and Americans.
Almost 200 years ago a young boy witnessed a blast that looked like a giant balloon cloud raising above Toronto's Fort York. Patrick Finan, had defied his mother and raced towards his home at the fort.
Canada is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Had the Canadians not prevented an American invasion the nation may not even exist today, and the United States would have had a much larger land mass.
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley and City Councillor Michael Thompson commemorated Simcoe Day, a day that honours the first Lieutenant Governor and founder of the Town of York, John Graves Simcoe.
Studio portrait of the surviving Six Nations warriors who fought with the British in the War of 1812
Taken in 1861, veterans of the war of 1812 (left to right): Col. George Duggan, the Rev. George Ryerson, William Roe, Jacob Snider, the Rev. James Richardson, Joseph Dennis, John Woodall, James Ross, Col. David Bridgeford, and George Ridout.
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The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Minister Jim Prentice with the Fort George Fife and Drum Corps at Fort George
The fleet of 16 Tall Ships from around the world will drop anchor at Toronto's waterfront for three days as a part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebrations