(PRESCOTT, ON) – Fort Wellington National Historic Site will host an Artillery Day on Saturday, May 28, as active troops
from Canada’s military remember the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Raids and celebrate the 300th
anniversary of Artillery Day.
One of the original militia units from the Fenian era has become the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, an
active Canadian reservist unit based in Ottawa. Visitors will be able to take part in a modern artillery
salute when the regiment will retrace the steps of their predecessors at Fort Wellington. A new
temporary exhibit entitled “On to Canada! Fenians Along the Upper St. Lawrence” will open in the
Visitor Centre. The Regimental Band of the Governor General’s Foot Guard will be on site as part of
Entry to Fort Wellington National Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be free as part of Doors Open
Ontario. At 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony on the fort field commemorating the 150th anniversary of
the Fenian Raids, which will include a modern artillery salute. In the afternoon, modern soldiers will fire
19th century cannons, and at 3 p.m. there will be a Fenian Raids themed tour of Fort Wellington
(limited numbers). For more information on the day’s activities, please visit the Fort Wellington
National Historic Site website at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/wellington/activ/activ.aspx.
Our national historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity
for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. Visitors to Fort Wellington will be able to
experience living history and celebrate Canada’s cultural traditions.
Located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River just south of Ottawa in Prescott, Ontario, Fort
Wellington National Historic Site was an important military post during past Canadian military
conflicts where troops stationed at the fort saw battle. In the lead up to Confederation, the Fenian
Brotherhood brought armed conflict to Canada. In response to the Fenian threat in 1865, troops
were stationed at Fort Wellington. This included the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment and a
substantial detachment of militia.
On May 26, 1716, King George I issued a Royal Warrant forming the first regular artillery force in
Britain, and today that date is celebrated as the Royal Artillery’s birthday. In 1952, the then Colonel
Commandant, Major-General H.O.N. Brownfield, sought and received permission to adopt the
Royal Artillery birthdate as Artillery Day for the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
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