A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to arrive at 1:50 p.m. and park carefully. Wardsville United Church will serve soup afterwards.
Invitation to the Memorial of the Battle of the Longwoods
Members of the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society annually pay their respects to those who died in the Battle of the Longwoods near Wardsville on March 4, 1814. After camping at Longwoods Conservation Area and marching from MacArthur Roadside Park to the Battle Hill cairn, they hold a service where local people lay down wreaths and the Royal Scots fire a musket salute.
Researchers have found all the names of those who died fighting for the British and the list of men from the 24th, 28th and 27th U.S. Infantry in addition to the Michigan Militia who fell is almost complete. Parks Canada has given permission to post the list on the cairn.
The Battle of the Longwoods will mark its bicentennial March 8, 2014.
On the first weekend in May, at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society presents the Battle of Longwoods. For more information go to http://www.royal-scots.com/id5.html