Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 15, 2012 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Honours Canadian Army Regiments for the Victory at the Battle of Detroit

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, and Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, today announced that The Essex and Kent Scottish and other Canadian Army regiments that perpetuate the history and heritage of War of 1812 units that defended our country during that conflict will be awarded a battle honour for the victory at the Battle of Detroit.

"Our Government is committed to support our men and women in uniform and to commemorate Canada's military heritage," said Mr. Alexander. "I am pleased to be here on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Detroit to honour those regiments and soldiers whose decisive actions protected our nation, contributing to the prosperity, well-being, and freedom we enjoy today."

The battle of Detroit was a pivotal event for the people of the Essex and Kent region and for the Militia units that they raised. In his report after the battle, Major-General Isaac Brock, their commander at Detroit, publicly expressed his admiration for the conduct of the militia units and noted that their service would never be forgotten.

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. As a result, seven modern day Canadian Army regiments that perpetuate the War of 1812 units that fought at the battle of Detroit will receive the Battle Honour "DETROIT". The first six of these regiments are:

  • 56th Field Artillery Regiment (RCA), Brantford, Ont.;
  • The Essex and Kent Scottish, Windsor, Ont.;
  • The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, St. Catharines, Ont.;
  • The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC), Toronto, Ont.;
  • The Royal Canadian Regiment, Petawawa, Ont.; and
  • The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment), Hamilton, Ont.

In addition to these units, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment stationed in St. John's, N.L., will also receive the Battle Honour "DETROIT" in memory of the Newfoundlanders who, as members of the British Royal Newfoundland Fencible Infantry, were present at the Battle of Detroit.

"Today we are recognizing this region's rich military history," added Mr. Watson. "This battle honour pays tribute to the sacrifices of citizen-soldiers, past and present. Just as the militiamen of Upper Canada helped lay the foundations for our nation's independence, today's Canadian Forces members continue to defend our country, our values, and our interests."

"This is an historic day for the soldiers of The Essex and Kent Scottish and recognizes the important contributions made by the units this regiment perpetuates," said Colonel Mark Campbell, Commander of 31 Canadian Brigade Group. "The Battle Honour 'DETROIT' will be proudly displayed," he added.

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 in a constitutional monarchy with 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. As part of the ongoing commemoration, additional Battle Honours related to the War of 1812 will be announced at a later date.

Note to editor/news director:

For further information on the award of the "DETROIT" battle honour see: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4345.

For additional information on Battle of Detroit, please visit: http://1812.gc.ca/.

For more information on the process of perpetuation, please consult the "Battle Honours and Honorary Distinctions: Process of Perpetuation" Fact Sheet: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4346.

For additional information on DND/CF's contributions towards the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration, please consult the following backgrounder: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4085

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