June 19, 1998 - the first United Empire Loyalists' Day branch celebrations.
On June 19 many people joined the Branch around the flagpole, at Kingsville Municipal Hall, to celebrate the first formal United Empire Loyalists' Day. President Margie Luffman, UE, described the significance of the letters UE, outlined the history of the flag and described the Loyalists. The ceremony began with a Scottish piper followed by Grace Austin, UE, proclaiming the day in town crier fashion. Bob Iler led the Loyalists' Song, followed by an enthusiastic Loyalists' cheer.
Mayor Lyle Miller of Gosfield North, Deputy Mayor Bill Allsop of Gosfield South and Mayor Pat O'Neill of Kingsville stressed the Loyalists' proud history and MPP Bruce Crozier stressed that rerely does the legislature vote unanimously on an issue. He said that as we join together in future years for this celebration that the motto "As Loyal She Began So She Shall Ever Remain" should be upheld.
MPP Crozier and Branch President Margie Luffman raised the flag which flew at the hall for the duration. Everyone was invited for refreshments at nearby Epworth UnitedChurch Memorial Hall which was decorated with many flags, bunting, red white and blue balloons and historic Loyalist memorabilia.
Grand River Branch
President Bill Terry, UE, and several members attended the ceremony at Queen's Park.
On June 19, the President raised the flag in front of the historic town hall in Simcoe, in the heart of the Long Point Loyalist Settlement. He had distributed the flag pattern to North Public School Grade Six and the students made and coloured their flags and learned the words to "God Save The Queen", which they sang with fast tempo and enthusiasm under direction of teacher Ms. J. Bertrand.
Greetings were presented by Toby Barrett, UE, MPP HaldimandNorfolk, Bob Speller, MP and Mayor Rick Kowalski. Norfolk Militia provided Colour Guard. Rev. John Cruickshank, UE, led in prayer. Introductory remarks made by the President were followed by an address by Doris Lemon, UE, outlining the significance of the day and listing names of Loyalist settlers in the Long Point Settlement appearing in the Branch book Loyalist Ancestors of Members of the Grand River Branch: Mabee, Teeple, Colver, Smith, Malcolm, Neal, Ryerse, Gilbert, Austin, Tisdale, Outhouse, Shippy, Woodley, Anderson, Potts, DeCou, Bowlby, Williams, McCall, Haviland, Hazen and Rapelje.
Lunch and celebration cake were served in the Anglican Church across the square. The Branch display and Branch genealogists were in the Public Library with a Branch book display in the afternoon.
Excellent press was received in Thessalon, Sault Ste Marie, Port Rowan Good News, Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf, The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, the magazine Rural Roots, and the Tobermory Press where a genealogical workshop was held to promote June 19th.
Submitted by Doris Lemon, UE.
United Empire Loyalists' Day was celebrated on June 19th in Prince's Square in front of the famous Loyalist monument which depicts a Loyalist family looking to their new home in Canada after many years of war, after the loss of their land and possessions and in many cases the loss of loved ones. Fifer Michael McAllister, called those assembled to the statue. Butlers Rangers re-enactment members added colour.
His Worship Mayor Robert Morrow, UE, David Christopherson, MPP for Hamilton Centre, Bernice Flett, UE, Past Dominion President, Pauline O'Connor, President Hamilton Monarchist League, Gordon Hampton, President St. George's Benevolent Society in Hamilton, Col Richard Butson, G.C. recipient, Major Eileen Butson, Past President Defence Medical Association of Canada, were present.
President Dr. Catherine Tanser, UE, introduced Mr. Colin Mills, descendant of the Mills family by whom the monument was designed and erected on May 23, 1929. Past President Lillian Lomas, UE, placed the Loyalist wreath. Gloria Oakes, UE, immediate Past President introduced Bernice Flett, UE, who spoke of the history of the Loyalist flag. Archdeacon Robert Grigg led in prayer for the Queen and dedication of the flag which Gloria Oakes presented to Mayor Morrow and the City of Hamilton. The flag flew at City Hall for the week.
Greetings from the Mayor, closing prayer and O Canada! were followed by invitation to City Hall for a reception. What a great achievement for the City of Hamilton to remember these first great Canadians two hundred years later!
Submitted by Dr. Catherine Tanser, UE, Branch President.
Kawartha Branch spoke to teachers, students, service clubs and church groups on a Loyalist theme. Flags were raised at Peterborough, Lindsay and Port Hope, a Loyalist settlement.
The history was given of settlement by second and third generation Loyalist families in Peterborough and Victoria Counties by 1817 and the Settlers of the Hon Peter Robinson, UE in 1825.
Over sixty citizens attended along with 30 school children who sang for us.
Press coverage included Prime Time Magazine, The Kawartha Periodical, Port Hope Lakeshore News and Peterborough paper'.
Submitted by Joan Lucas, UE, Branch President.
Kingston and District Branch
President Carol Davy, UE, Mr Peter Davy and John Chard, UE, represented Kingston and District Branch at Queen's Park on June 18th.
The City of Kingston agreed to fly the Loyalist flag during the week of 12-19 June at Confederation Park. (We [Davy Real Estate] flew it from our office as well.)
Paul Gilmore, Reeve of Loyalist Township, recognized the designation of United Empire Loyalists' Day and heritage in the Whig Standard in which articles on the 1998 UELA conference appeared the same week.
Submitted by Carol Davy, UE, Branch President.
St. Lawrence Branch
The Branch actively supported the bill for Loyalists' Day and second Vice-President Michael Eamer, UE, wrote to the Ontario Legislative Assembly urging passing of Harry Danford's private member's bill.
We participated in United Empire Loyalists' Day with a ceremony at Upper Canada Village when descendants from coast to coast gathered at the Loyalist Memorial. Wayne Moug, a member of Colonel Jessup Branch, now residing in Halifax and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Van Horne from Chilliwack Branch joined almost 50 members from St. Lawrence and Colonel Jessup Branches, many dressed in costume.
Gary Hughes of Upper Canada Village welcomed. The Upper Canada Brass Band performed a concert. Sandra Shouldice, President welcomed everyone. Roy Lewis, President of Colonel Jessup Branch extended greetings. David Anderson spoke on why we celebrate Loyalists' Day. Al Prosser described how St. Lawrence Branch plans to seek out and preserve Loyalist resting places. Mabel McLean, a descendant of Loyalist John Cameron, laid a wreath made of Loyalist roses from Loyalist farms of Archibald MacDonell and Mabel MacLean, in memory of our ancestors. Doris Ferguson led the Loyalist Prayer. Duncan (Darby) MacDonald played a lament on the pipes. Flags were given to those who wished to mark their ancestors' stones. Both Archibald and Mabel are descended from John Cameron of Clunes and Mary Cameron of Glen Nevis.
Upper Canada Village held a reception after the ceremony. Fraser Carr, Vice President of Colonel Jessup Branch made a video and presented it to the Branch. Loyalist reenactment soldiers were present Friday and Saturday to tell visitors to the Village about the Loyalists.
Doris Ferguson and Mabel MacLean gave an all-afternoon Loyalist presentation to all the students at the Williamstown Public School. They discussed the Seven Years' War, described the events leading up to the Revolution, explained who the Loyalists were, described the conditions they faced in Canada, and spoke about the Loyalist Rose.
One very interesting feature of their talk: they showed the students a map with the original land grants. The students drew lot numbers for the land. Each student was told the name of the Loyalist who drew that lot and other information about that Loyalist such as age, religion, military service, family, etc.
Submitted by George Anderson, UE.
St. Lawrence and Col. Edward Jessup Branches
It was a sunny and very warm June 19, 1998, when members of St. Lawrence and Col. Edward Jessup Branches with friends and onlookers gathered to celebrate Ontario's first United Empire Loyalists' Day at the Loyalist monument at Upper Canada Village. Mary and Bircham Van Horne along with their cousins Joan and David Johnston attended as guests.
Sandra Shouldice welcomed everyone and the ceremony took the form of a Memorial Service. Several speakers dealt with such topics as "The Loyalists of Chrysler's Farm, Our Past...Our Future". The Loyalist Hymn "O God Our Help In Ages Past" was sung. A memorial wreath of Loyalist roses was placed at the base of the monument. Afterwards, several small flags were placed in memory of ancestors represented by grave stones in the nearby monument wall. Appropriate music was provided by members of the Upper Canada Brass Band who appeared in Costume as did many others present.
Very tasty refreshments were served on the shady verandah of the pavilion overlooking the stream (compliments of Upper Canada Village). [It was an appropriate place for the Van Hornes as Mary's Loyalist ancestor Michael Carman was from this area and the Carman House is here.]
Submitted by H.B. Van Horne, UE.
Sir Guy Carleton Branch
To promote the study of the Loyalists, Sir Guy Carleton Branch granted a bursary or scholarship to an outstanding student in Carleton University's Canadian Studies Program.
On June 19, Mr and Mrs John Ruch, Mr and Mrs George Anderson, Mr. Norman Crowder and President Marg Hall met the Director of Canadian Studies and his Assistant and presented a cheque for $250 to Mrs. Heather Aiken. A lovely wine, fruit and cheese buffet followed in the staff lounge. [The Campus Newspaper Reporter was present.]
Submitted by Marg Hall, UE.
[Editor's Note: Here is the first, of what I hope will develop into a cartoon series with a Loyalist or historic theme. True, this initial one has little to do with Loyalists, but given the interest in the Titanic this year, I couldn't resist a nod in that direction.]
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|Publication:||The Loyalist Gazette|
|Date:||Sep 22, 1998|
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