Modern soldiers follow trail of 1813 Regiment of Foot

 

These young men, members of the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Reserves, volunteered their own time to join an historic march recreating and commemorating the journey of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot in 1813. The Foot marched from Fredericton to Kingston to take part in the defense of Upper Canada along the St. Lawrence. “I want the Canadian army to rediscover its roots and to understand its heritage of service predates Confederation,” said historian Donald Graves, author of Merry Hearts Make Light Days, a journal of the War of 1812. “This march by the Foot during the war remains one of the longest in military history.” Following the day’s 30 kilometre march, the Glens, under the command of Lt.-Col Robert Duda, were received by the Legion, Branch # 48, on Sunday, April 7, then stayed overnight at Upper Canada Village.  At the Crysler Memorial, front row (l-r) are Sgt. Kyle Bergeron (with 104th’s replica colours), Pvt. Kyle Villeneuve, M.Cpl. Andrew Mustard, Pvt. Andrew Cameron,  and re-enactment organizer, Michael Berk. Back row M.Cpl. Justin Delorme, Cpl. Adam McKinnon, Cpl. Kory Kingston, Cpl. Joshua Taillon and Cpl. Evan Leslie. At Morrisburg Branch # 48, greeting the marchers, are, front, Graham Houze, president, Bill Shearing, Maurice Praine, past president, Donna Dillabough, 1st vice president and Michael Berk, Behind are Archie Mellan, South Dundas council, Lt. Colonel Duda and MPP Jim McDonell. “We have received tremendous support everywhere, throughout our march,” said Col. Duda, “And while we were once less friendly with the USA, the old animosities are over. The Americans are our friends, our allies, our comrades.” 

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