March of the 104th re-enactments

March of the 104th re-enactments planned for Perth-Andover, Grand Falls next month

VICTORIA STAR – The communities of Perth-Andover and Grand Falls will be among those where re-enactments of the historic march of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot from Fredericton to Kingston, Ont. in 1813 will take place this winter to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

In Perth-Andover, the event will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a muster featuring a five-kilometre snowshoe march launching the celebration in the field behind the Civic Centre at 9:30 a.m. The march would then be followed by a dignitaries ceremony at the same location. From noon onwards, the community event will include a free lunch, public skate and bonfire, an 1812 musket demonstration, a modern military demonstration and an 1812 reproduction snow hut.

A five-kilometre snowshoe march will also be part of the community event which is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. in Grand Falls on Sunday, March 3. The march will start at the Gazebo on Broadway Boulevard at 11 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. From noon until 2:30 p.m., spectators and participants will be invited to a free lunch, snow sculptures, an 1812 musket demonstration, a modern military demonstration and an 1812 reproduction snow hut. A dignitaries ceremony will be held at the Gazebo at 1 p.m, Madeleine LeClerc, C2.

Angle:   The provincial commemoration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Officers’ Square in downtown Fredericton, which is the actual date and location from where the march began in 1813. Activities will include a snowshoeing demonstration with Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas, a historic musket demonstration by Parks Canada, demonstrations by the Canadian Forces, a public skating party hosted by the City of Fredericton, and a performance of the Calithumpians’ new show Marching into History: The Road to Canada Road Show.

“The qualities that today’s New Brunswickers share, including resilience, determination and pride of place, have their roots in historical events like the march of 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. “I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to celebrate a crucial part of our history by attending events in their community.”

Other community re-enactment events will take place over the following three weekends and will be held in communities along the route of the march 200 years ago.

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