Re­mem­ber­ing where we came from

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - OPINION -

I am happy to live in Wasaga Beach, a town that re­mem­bers our roots and the be­gin­ning of be­ing a na­tion. As we move for­ward and try to as­sert our­selves as Canadians and what it means to be Cana­dian in an ever- chang­ing world, we tend to for­get the peo­ple from out­side Canada who gave their lives de­fend­ing this land and con­tribut­ing to Canada’s fu­ture.

When the Amer­ica in­vaded Canada, the 2nd Bat­tal­ion of the 89th Foot was de­ployed to the Ni­a­gara re­gion from Bri­tain. The his­tory of the reg­i­ment states that a company of sol­diers from the 89th came un­der fire at Fort Ge­orge and the Com­man­der- in- Chief ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion of their con­duct on this oc­ca­sion in gen­eral or­ders.

The bat­tal­ion was also sent to de­fend Montreal along with the 49th Foot and some mili­tia. They caught up with the Amer­i­cans at Chryslers Farm on Nov. 11, 1813, se­verely de­feat­ing the Amer­i­cans, send­ing them back across the river and sav­ing Montreal.

The 2nd/ 89th earned the ad­mi­ra­tion of the Lieu­tenant- Gen­eral Com­mand­ing for their steadi­ness and gal­lantry at Black Rock ( Dec. 30, 1813), and Lundy’s Lane ( July 26, 1814), where they lost 217 men out of 400 and gained the bat­tle hon­our “Ni­a­gara,” and the in­vest­ment of Fort Erie.

The bat­tal­ion, later known as the Royal Ir­ish Fusiliers, re­turned home to Ire­land in 1815 leav­ing over half of the Bat­tal­ion KIA and buried in Canada.

Ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of the men left be­hind in Canada.

Ge­orge Ker­naghan Wasaga Beach

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