I had never been to an 1812 reenactment before. My friend, Michael, takes part and invited me to come and see what this epic event was all about. Since it was in my back yard (Cooks Mills is part of Welland) how could I pass up the opportunity?
As I set out on a very grey, chilly Saturday morning I wasn’t sure what I was going to find. But, I must say, the City of Welland did an amazing job of promoting and organizing the marking of this historic anniversary. Free parking was available at 2 off-site locations with wagons acting as shuttles to bring us to the battle site. A lovely way to start the adventure.
Upon arriving we were greeted with smiling folks who explained what we were about to experience and handed out maps of the encampment. A few steps up a small hill and there we were … back in 1814 (well, minus the bleachers and the public address system). There were lots of American and British soldiers as well as townsfolk milling about.
The Drum Corps played, the marchers marched and the battle was epic. And, though the skies were very grey, the rain held off! As the “dead” were carried off and the piccolos played a hymn for the fallen of Cooks Mills, our Canadian hearts swelled with pride and gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives for this nation.