War of 1812

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Mayor and Council of the Town of Tecumseh cordially invites the community to attend an 1812 Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday September 21st, 2013 from 6:00 pm-9:00pm at Lakewood Park North, Tecumseh, ON. 

The War of 1812 Committee will commemorate the historical event of the First Nation confederacy under Great Leader Tecumseh Retreating along the De Troit/St.Clair waterway from Fort Malden. Tecumseh and his confederacy representing 24 first nations were key British allies who helped secure this region against American expansionism.  The historical retreat of the British from Fort Malden saw them systematically burn their Fort so that the enemy could not take advantage of it.  We also know that the retreat from this area lead to the battle site in Chatham Kent, known as the Battle of theThames, where Tecumseh was killed in action (near Moraviantown) on October 5, 1813.

This celebration is one that commemorates the First Nation contribution to the war that helped define Canada as distinct from both the new "America experiment" and that of traditional British colony.  Today, our distinct Canadian heritage reflects the immense contributions of our First Nations and we want our Town to be able to fully appreciate the significance of its namesake.  We hope this community event captures that intent.  This is a family-friendly event that features presentations by Tecumse decendent Patricia Shanoo, Can Am Friendship, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Drum Group, Caldwell First Nation, Local Black Heritage Chairperson Glen Cook, Engaging Storyteller "Shaymus", Windsor Canoe Club and Provincial Marine Re-enactors.

Join in an evening of family fun complete with a community bonfire, marshmallow roast and complimentary BBQ and refreshments (starting at 5:45 pm).

Don’t forget your lawn chairs and your cameras!

For a schedule of the evening's activities, click here.

Due to the construction road closure at the corner of Riverside Drive and Manning Road, access to free on-site event parking is as follows:

On Site Parking:
Drive northbound on Manning Road from Tecumseh Road. 
To park, enter Lakewood Park South by turning right into the park at the designated entrance.  Event parking signage will provide direction for the parking entrance location, as well as event volunteers.

Accessible / Handicapped Parking :
Drive westbound on Riverside Drive from Edgewater. 
Limited accessible / handicapped parking will be available in the Lakewood Park North parking lot.  Event parking signage will provide direction for the parking entrance as well as event volunteers


Click here to see a map for parking
For more information, contact the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department at (519) 735-4756 ext. 421.


Stay tuned for details on events planned in our community.  For a listing of events scheduled throughout the region, visit the South Western Ontario website.
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