Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 14, 2012 14:41 ET

The Government of Canada Honours Canadian Army Regiments for Service During the War of 1812

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2012) - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley, today highlighted that numerous Canadian Forces units will be awarded perpetuation of historical units that fought in the War of 1812 and, therefore, inherit Battle Honours for engagements that were of critical importance for the defence of Canada during the War. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on September 14 2012.

"Our Government is committed to support our men and women in uniform and to commemorate Canada's military heritage," said Mr. Armstrong. "I am pleased to be here to honour those regiments and soldiers whose decisive actions throughout the War of 1812 protected Canada and allowed our country to emerge as a free and independent nation within North America."

As part of the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the federal Government committed to honouring the memory of all who served during the war. To recognize the gallantry of thousands of early Canadians who fought to defend their homeland during the war, current Canadian Army regiments that perpetuate War of 1812 units that fought in six key engagements and campaigns that were pivotal to the defence of Canada will be awarded the following Battle Honours: 'DETROIT', 'QUEENSTON', 'MAUMEE,' 'NIAGARA,' 'CHÂTEAUGUAY,' and 'CRYSLER'S FARM.'

Furthermore, His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, has recently authorized the creation of an emblazonable Theatre Honour and a non-emlazonable Honorary Distinction, both entitled "DEFENCE OF CANADA - 1812-1815 - DÉFENSE DU CANADA". These new unit honours will also be awarded to historical Canadian units that participated in a successful engagement in the defence of Canada. These units will, in turn, be perpetuated by current serving Canadian Army units and will therefore be able to place this Theatre Honour on their regimental colours.

The 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) have a long and storied history that can be traced back over two hundred years. Soldiers from this unit and its predecessors have participated in several major conflicts before and after Confederation, including the War of 1812, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean Conflict and in more recent years the former republic of Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.

"The Nova Scotia Highlanders have always served Canada - even before Canada was a nation," added Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn Hale, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North). "We welcome this new Battle Honour because it acknowledges the courage and sacrifice of our Nova Scotian soldiers who served before us and we will carry it with pride."

The War of 1812 was instrumental in the development of Canada's military history and established the basis of the Canada we know today - an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own parliamentary system. The Government of Canada and the Canadian Forces are proud to commemorate the achievements of those early Canadian soldiers and sailors who fought in the War of 1812.

The 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our history and to pay tribute to our founders, defining historical moments, and the heroes who fought for Canada.

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For further information on the 1812 battles and Battle Honours, please visit:

For more information on the "The Creation of the Commemorative Theatre Honour and Honorary Distinction "DEFENCE OF CANADA - 1812-1815 - DÉFENSE DU CANADA", please consult the following Backgrounder:

For more information on the process of perpetuation, please consult the "Battle Honours and Honorary Distinctions: Process of Perpetuation" Fact Sheet:

For additional information on DND/CF's contributions towards the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, please consult the following backgrounder:

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