Valour and Victory ceremony will be held Saturday in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Niagara Parks will host the fifth annual Valour and Victory ceremony this weekend.

The ceremony recognizes the contributions and sacrifices made by Six Nations and Native Allies who helped secure victory at the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812.

A public ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 4th, at 1 p.m. at the Landscape of Nations Memorial in Queenston Heights Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This year’s event commemorates the 7th anniversary of the unveiling of the Landscape of Nations Memorial in 2016, marking a significant milestone for its presence in Niagara. 

"The number seven is symbolic in Haudenosaunee culture and is reflected in the Landscape of Nations memorial, with seven steel arches symbolizing a longhouse, and seven earthen mounds representing nature and signifying the Indigenous nations involved in the Battle of Queenston Heights and the War of 1812. "

The service will include remarks from Tim Johnson, Senior Advisor, Heritage and Legacy at Niagara Parks, who co-chaired the Working Group responsible for the Landscape of Nations memorial, alongside Dr. Richard Merritt. 

The Historical Address will be delivered by Historian and Six Nations lawyer Paul Williams, who spoke at the original ground-breaking ceremony for the memorial in 2015.

In addition to formal remarks, the event will include an Honour Song by Phil Davis, Longstanding Cultural Community Member, wreath laying, and traditional honouring held around a ceremonial fire. 

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