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.