2021 Remembrance Day Ceremony

We will be hosting our annual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th. Join us at 9:00 am to pay your respects to those who fell at Crysler’s Farm on November 11th 1813.

The ceremony is open to the public, but all guests must sign in onsite in accordance with the EOHU guidelines. You can also register before the event by emailing our secretary, Kim McInnis, at mcinnislk@live.ca with the number of people attending and contact information for each guest.

Masks must be worn if physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook for those who wish to join us digitally. If you miss the live video – no worries! It will also be available after the ceremony has ended.

Order of Service:
1) Welcome and Words….. Robert Irvine FCFB
2) Battle of Crysler’s Farm….. Historian Murray Barkley BA, MA
3) On Behalf of the Descendants of Those Who Fought….. Carol Thompson Goddard UE/FCFB
4) Words From the Re-enactment Community….. Capt. Mark Stubbs/49th Hertfordshire Regiment of Foot/ President FCFB
5)War of 1812 Prayer….. Reverend Daniel Hayward BA, MA, MDiv
6) Cannon Salute
7) Moment of Silence
8) Piper’s Lament….. Pipe Major Hugh Metcalfe/Royal Canadian Legion, Kemptville Branch 212
9) Cannon Salute
10) Laying of Wreaths
11) Closing: “When the Battle’s Over”….. Pipe Major Hugh Metcalfe

View the 2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony Here

Wednesday, 11 November was a beautiful but windy morning. The Crysler’s Farm Remembrance Day Ceremony took place at the Crysler’s Farm monument next to Upper Canada Village, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many found themselves paying their respects from home this year. The recording of the ceremony is available for viewing from our Facebook page: watch it here.

We hope that you can all join us in person for next year’s ceremony!

2020 Remembrance Day Ceremony Goes Virtual

This year, the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Remembrance Day Ceremony will look a little different. Due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the ceremony will be strictly by invitation only.
However, we will be live-streaming the ceremony on Facebook for those who wish to remember and honour the soldiers who fought and died in this decisive battle 207 years ago.
The ceremony will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday 11 November 2020. Tune in to the livestream, which can be found on our Facebook page, to commemorate this date with us. If you cannot watch it live, the video will be accessible on our Facebook page and our website after the ceremony has ended.

Friends of Crysler’s Farm Annual General Meeting

The past several months have been an uncertain time for everyone as we all adapt to living in a world with COVID-19. On Monday, July 13th, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that as part of Stage 3 of the reopening process, some restrictions on gatherings are being lifted as of Friday, July 17th, 2020. Effective on that date, outdoor gatherings will be allowed a maximum of 100 people and are subject to physical distancing of at least two meters.

After much discussion and consideration for the safety of our members, Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield has decided to proceed with our Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held on Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at 11137 Rowena Road in Iroquois, Ontario. It will take place outdoors (weather permitting), with plenty of space for physical distancing. Face masks and face coverings are optional.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs. Light refreshments will be available.

2020 Battle Re-enactment Cancelled

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 1812 battle re-enactment, which had been scheduled for July 18th-19th, 2020, has been cancelled.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of the re-enactors, the vendors, and the public. Our executive has been exploring the possibility of rescheduling the event for next summer. Stay tuned for more details, which will be made available as they become known.

Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone the best of health during this trying time.

Annual General Meeting Postponed

Due to the state of emergency declared by the Province of Ontario in relation to the COVID-19 virus, the Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield has made the decision to postpone our Annual General Meeting, which was previously scheduled for 4 April 2020. Stay tuned for updates. We thank you for your understanding and hope that everyone remains safe and healthy during this trying time.

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2019

Commemorating 206 Years of Sacrifice and Valour

The Friends of Crysler’s Farm Battlefield will be hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11, 2019, the 206th anniversary of the decisive battle, at the Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Memorial. A gathering will be held at 8:30 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m., lasting approximately half an hour. All are welcome to join us for this commemorative event. Coffee and treats to follow.

Farewell to Gerry Thompson

We lost a friend and crewman last month. Gerry Thompson (71) passed away on October 8th, 2018.

He was a active member of the Friends of Crysler’s Farm group for many years, a very interesting long term historic interpreter gardener at Upper Canada Village and was a faithful 1st member (1986)  of my recreated Royal Navy 1812 cannon crew that participated in many reenactments in the area over the years.

We will miss his depth of knowledge on historical facts and stories, his work with the Friends as well as his friendship.

Fair winds and following seas my friend.

Bob Irvine

On behalf of the Friends

 

Pictures  taken at Ogdensburg, February 1987 and Fort Wellington Loyalist Days 1989.