Proud Canadian Military History


Fort York Courtesy of National Post

Fort York
Courtesy the National Post

Yesterday, we in Toronto celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York.  For those of you how do not know that was a battle that was fought in now Toronto in 1813(then called York).  Back then the colonies of what would become Canada fought against the Americans in the war of 1812.  They attacked the city/town and the fort on April 27, 1813.  The defenders of York could not hold against the American army so they blow-up the power magazine so not to fall into the hands of the enemy.  The explosion was so large that the attacking army suffered heavy loses.

  The attacking Americans were so upset by this they proceeded to loot and burn buildings in the city.  Many citizens were not motivated to fight the Americans but after these acts by their forces, the people rallied and took a not active stance against the Americans.  The Americans won the battle but it was not as decisive as they thought it would be and it helped to spur on a people.

Military Parade  Courtesy of CP24

Military Parade
Courtesy  CP24

  Yesterday we celebrated this moment in our history.  We usually do not celebrate military victories but I for one am glad that we did.  We Canadians may not have been born out of conflict like the Americans, or glorify our battles like the English, French, Germans or Russians but we are still proud of what our soldiers have done to protect our country.

  For even though our national symbol may be a beaver, the heart that beats within would terrify any eagle, bear or lion.

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