Harper Government commemorates Laura Secord and the War of 1812
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St. Catharines, Ontario, October 29, 2012 — Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that the historic building located at 32 Church Street in St. Catharines, Ontario, will be named the Laura Secord Building to honour her role in the War of 1812.
“Laura Secord is a hero of the War of 1812 and and I am delighted that this historic building will be named in her honour,” said Minister Ambrose. “Her brave actions led to the important collaboration between Canadian and British forces with First Nations people to stop and defeat the American invasion near Beaver Dams—a defining moment in Canadian history.”
During the naming ceremony, MP Dykstra unveiled a plaque that will adorn the building.
The building was constructed in 1956 and is located at 32 Church Street in the St. Catharines Farmers Market and City Hall area. It is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, the workmanship of its construction, and its influence on the character of the area. More information on the building’s history can be found on the Parks Canada website.
“Situated close to several historical battlefields in the Niagara region, such as the sites of the Battle of Beaver Dams and the Battle of Queenston Heights, it is fitting that this building be named in honour of someone who played such a crucial role in the War of 1812,” said MP Dykstra. “It is an honour for me to stand here to salute Laura Secord—an enduring symbol of courage and patriotism.”
This event is one of several commemoration activities taking place this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. This anniversary is an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our country’s traditions and shared history. The end of the war laid the foundation for Confederation, and Canada’s ultimate emergence as an independent nation in North America.
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Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Public Works and Government Services Canada