Canada to use bicentennial to ensure War of 1812 no longer ‘forgotten’
TORONTO – Scattered plaques and occasional monuments are often the only Canadian reminders of -a nearly three-year war fought two centuries ago that saw an empire and an upstart nation struggle for dominance on both sea and land.
And those tokens of remembrance commemorating the War of 1812 usually offer very little detail about the thousands of soldiers who perished while waging war on what has come to be known as Canadian soil.
They are the "forgotten vets," said George Chisholm, whose great-great-grandfather and namesake fought in the Battle of Queenston Heights and other skirmishes throughout the war before eventually settling in present-day Burlington, Ont.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re 200-year plus friends with our neighbours to the south," Chisholm said from his home in nearby Oakville.
"There’s a feeling that we don’t really want to insult them."