150th Anniversary Battle Ridgeway Celebration 4 Jun 2016.

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150th Anniversary Battle Ridgeway Celebration 4 Jun 2016.

Postby Spañiard » 21 Apr 2016 03:07

F.A.Q. 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway.

What is this? A three-part event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway.
When is this? Saturday, June 4th, 2016 from noon - 6:30 p.m.

Where is this?
There are three components at three different locations:
• Parade (noon) from Crystal Ridge Arena, up Ridge Rd. to Hwy. #3, to Ridgeway Battlefield Park.
• Ceremony (1 p.m.) at Ridgeway Battlefield Park
• Festival (3 p.m.) at Crystal Ridge Arena

Where is the Crystal Ridge Arena?
89 Ridge Road S. The Festival will take place outside in the park surrounding the arena.

Where is Ridgeway Battlefield Park?
3388 Hwy. #3 (also called Garrison Road), Ridgeway, ON.

How do I get there / where do I park?
• Highway #3 will be closed from Gorham Road to Ridgemount Road from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Free parking and shuttle bus service will be at the Crystal Ridge Arena (Rebstock Road entrance to the park beside the arena.)
• Buses will run from there to Ridgeway Battlefield Park from 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
• Buses will run from Ridgeway Battlefield Park back to the Arena from 2:30 p.m.
• Bicycles are encouraged and can be parked and locked to the fence surrounding the All Nations Fellowship Church across from Ridgeway Battlefield Park.

Who is putting this on?
The Town of Fort Erie along with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment). It is being coordinated by Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Services and the Fort Erie Community and Gaming Development Corporation.

What is the cost?
Admission is free to all three events.

What is happening during the Parade?
• Approximately 200 soldiers from The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, along with their regimental band, will march up Ridge Road from the Crystal Ridge Arena to Ridgeway Battlefield Park.
• They will stop at Ridgeway Village Square where the Mayor of Fort Erie will grant each regiment “Freedom of the City”.
• Several community and youth organizations will line the sidewalks in downtown Ridgeway to greet the soldiers.
• This Is a marching parade, not a parade with floats etc.

What is happening during the Ceremony?
• A parachute drop (unfurling a Canadian flag) to mark the opening.
• Period music (The Orono Cornet Band) http://oronocornetband.com
• Plaque unveilings (A bronze plaque in memory of the soldiers who died as a result of being deployed to this battle; a Memorial to the Ridgeway Nine, the 9 soldiers who died at the battle; and a Heritage Tree plaque for the Ironwood Tree that stood on the battlefield in 1866.)
• Book launch (First Hand Accounts of the 1866 Fenian Raid and Battle of Ridgeway, published by Fort Erie Museum Services.)
• Tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives as a result of this battle through speeches, wreath laying, honour guards, taps, and a gun salute.

What is happening at the Festival?
• Tactical demonstrations by The Queen’s Own Rifles Pioneers and Skirmishers and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Ceremonial Guard (Wentworth Regiment).
• Modern and historic weapons and uniform displays by the Canadian Armed Forces.
• Artifact displays by the Fort Erie Historical Museum, The Queen’s Own Rifles Museum, The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Armoury, and various collectors.
• Music by the Orono Cornet Band and the Military Regimental Band
• Interactive children’s activities (try on a soldiers uniform, arts and crafts projects)

Are there washrooms at the Ceremony at Ridgeway Battlefield Park and at the Festival at Crystal Ridge Arena?
Yes, there will be outdoor portable toilets at both locations.

Will there be food at the Ceremony at Ridgeway Battlefield Park?
Yes, there will be a food truck which will also sell soft drinks, up until the ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.

Will there be food at the Festival?
Yes, the Lions Club of Ridgeway and Fort Erie, along with their partners and sponsors will be selling food including hamburgers, hot dogs, pop and beer. This will take place on the pavement area next to the Crystal Ridge Community Centre, which is adjacent to the Crystal Ridge Arena.

Will I have time to watch both the Parade and the Ceremony?
Yes, you can watch the end of the parade from Hwy.#3 which is also where the ceremony will be taking place. The parade will turn right from Ridge Road onto Hwy. #3 and then the soldiers will march into Ridgeway Battlefield Park. If you chose to watch the parade from downtown Ridgeway, you would have to drive yourself to one of the side streets that run off of Highway #3 and walk to the ceremony. Those roads will probably be filled with cars by the time the parade starts, so parking will be very limited. Another option is to station yourself at Ridgeway Battlefield Park and watch the parade on your cell phone. The parade will be live streamed on the Town's YouTube channel. Please ensure you can access this link before arriving: <https://www.youtube.com/user/thetownofforterie>;

Is this event accessible?
• Yes, there will be an accessible parking area, accessible shuttle bus, accessible washroom and accessible seating at the ceremony.
• The dignitaries’ speeches given at the ceremony will be translated into French and available at the Fort Erie Historical Museum following the event.

What is the Battle of Ridgeway and the Fenian Raid?
• The Fenian Raid took place throughout Fort Erie on June 1-3, 1866.
• The Fenian Army invaded here from Buffalo, with hopes to capture the Province of Canada and trade this piece of British North America for Ireland’s freedom.
• The Fenians were veterans of the American Civil War, but acted independently from the US government
• Approximately 800-1,200 Fenian soldiers invaded and were met by approximately 800 Canadian soldiers at the Battle of Ridgeway.
• The Battle of Ridgeway was the 1st battle fought on Canadian soil by the modern Canadian Army (formed in 1854); and it was the place where the 1st soldiers of the modern Canadian Army died.
• There were 12 Canadian casualties as a result of this battle.
• While the Fenians won both the Battle of Ridgeway and skirmish at the Fort Erie dock, they did not realize their goal of capturing the Province of Canada. They retreated back to Buffalo.
• The Battle of Ridgeway was a catalyst to Confederation, with Canada being formed one year later.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
The Fort Erie Historical Museum
• 402 Ridge Road, Ridgeway, ON, L0S 1N0.
• 905-894-5322
museum@forterie.ca
http://www.museum.forterie.ca


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