The Niagara Parks and the Chippawa Branch 396 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold a ceremony to honour those who served on the Chippawa Battlefield on Wednesday, July 5th at 7:00 pm. Location is at the Chippawa Battlefield Monument, Niagara Parkway.
July 5th, 1814 is the date of the longest and bloodiest military operation during the War of 1812. The Battle of Chippawa resulted in the fatalities of 200 American, British, Canadian, and Native warriors allied to both sides, most whom are buried on the site. The Battle marked the first time American regulars faced British regulars in a stand-up military action, and many historians cite Chippawa as the birthplace of the modern American army.
Each year on July 5th, a memorial service is held to honour the legacy of those who fell in service of their nation. A focal point of the Battlefield Park is the memorial cairn, dedicated to the memory of the regiments and First Nations warriors who fought this battle. The cairn also represents lasting peace that has prevailed between Canada and the US since the War of 1812. The monument is constructed of dolomite limestone donated by Fort Niagara.