SAINT JOHN (CNB) – A committee has been created that will work to ensure that New Brunswick's contribution to the War of 1812 is not forgotten.

“We have many great stories to tell as part of the 200-year commemoration of the War of 1812,” said Premier David Alward. “The contribution made by the 104th Regiment is likely the best known event and I am looking forward to marking this important chapter of our history throughout year.”

Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas, whose role includes Patron of Heritage, participated in the announcement along with Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder and committee chair Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald, legislative secretary to the premier, responsible for intergovernmental affairs and military affairs.

The committee will co-ordinate activities that various organizations around the province will offer. Public service employees from various departments and agencies will serve on the committee as well as volunteer members, both active and advisory, including:

●    Paul Perkison, Parks Canada; member of Parks Canada National 1812 Committee;
●    Molly Demma, St. John River Society;
●    Marc Milner, Military Studies Programme, University of New Brunswick;
●    Maurice Basque, Acadian Studies Programme, Université de Moncton;
●    Captain Kevin Anderson, New Brunswick Military History Museum;
●    Peter Pacey, the Calithumpians;
●    Margot Magee-Sackett, Ross Memorial Museum;
●    David Seabrook, Fredericton Tourism;
●    John F. K. Irving, community leader;
●    Karen Perley, Tobique First Nation; and
●    Eric McCumber, Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.

“Two hundred years ago, New Brunswickers from around the province banded together to lay the foundation of our nation,” said Macdonald. “This committee is organized to celebrate the story of the War of 1812, which reminds us of the strength and resourcefulness of our province and our country.”