Niagara Gazette — The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council, established to generate interest in the 200th anniversary of the war between Canada and the U.S., has been honored with the Bi-National Beacon Award.
The awards ceremony was held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week. Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) presented the awards which pay tribute to superior service throughout the tourist industry, from volunteer docents to hotel managers. The VBN also cited those who help make tourism a $1.5 billion industry in the Buffalo-Niagara area.
“We’re thrilled to receive this award that recognizes the Legacy Council’s leadership in marketing and coordinating the bi-centennial commemorations since 2008,” said Legacy Council CEP Brian Merrett. “There has been numerous War of 1812 events to date and we look forward to the final year of activities in Western New York and the Niagara area this year, as we enter the third century of peace amongst the nations involved,” Merrett added.
Among the council’s upcoming activities, it will host two performances of “The Honouring” by Kaha: Wi Dance Theater (Toronto) at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, June 28-29. As a result of successful fundraising, the council also plans to support the restoration of the U.S.S. Trippe in Western New York, as a legacy project.
Kate Farr, media director for the Legacy Council, also noted that this year marks the 200th anniversaries of the Battles of Chippawa, Lundy’s Lane and Cook’s Mill as well as the siege of Fort Erie, all landmark sites in the Niagara Region.
The Legacy Council is a bi-national not-for-profit organization formed to commemorate the War of 1812 that affected the fledgling American states. England and its colonies that later became Canada. It has sometimes been called the Second War of Independence for the U.S.