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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Letter: General Brock deserves remembrance, too

Dear editor:

More than a year ago I contacted Parks Canada and advised them that the General Brock Monument at Queenston Heights was mostly unlit, except for the base.

Every morning, usually in the dark, I walk for four or five kilometres and always have a view of General Brock. On a daily basis, I acknowledge him and thank him for his accomplishments.

On Friday, Oct. 30, I came home to the site of a fully lit monument — lights midway up wash the main pillar and Brock himself bathed in bright light.

What a beautiful site.

On Oct. 13, 1812, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock died leading a charge of British Regulars and Canadian Militia against the Americans who were invading Queenston Heights.

John Macdonell, his aide-de-camp, was mortally wounded leading a secondary charge. Maj.-Gen. Roger Hale Sheaffe led British, Canadian and First Nations forces to eventually win a resounding victory.

Both Brock and Macdonell were eventually entombed in the base of Brock's Monument.

I have always felt that this monument should be included in the remembrances of great wars that have been fought by Canadians.

Remembrance Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1931 as a tribute to those who continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.

Surely this British soldier could be considered one of our key individuals from a time that allowed us to even have a Canada.

He was certainly thought of highly enough that the largest monument of its kind in Canada today was constructed in his honour, opening in 1859 (after the initial one was destroyed). The current one is 184 feet tall.

I recommend you take a drive to Queenston Heights, in the evening, when you can take in this well-lit tribute to arguably one of our greatest soldiers in Canadian history.

Perhaps consider a visit on or around Nov. 11.

David Scott

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