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Loyalist Day 2008 Celebrated in Vittoria
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Loyalist Day 2008 Celebrated in Vittoria

by Bonnie L. Schepers UE

Members of Grand River Branch UEL, guests from the surrounding district and representatives of UEL Central West Regional branches came together in Vittoria on Sunday afternoon, June 22 to commemorate Loyalist Day 2008. In attendance were Dominion President Peter W. Johnson and Senior Vice President Frederick H. Hayward.

In historic Christ Church (Anglican) 1844 in the hamlet of Vittoria, guests were greeted by Grand River Branch President and Central West Regional Councillor Suzanne Hines. From 1815 - 1825 Vittoria served as the capital of the London District of Upper Canada. At that time it was known as Tisdale's Mills. What now stands as Christ Church (Anglican) was built on the original foundations of the court house which was destroyed by fire in 1825. The following year (1826) the district capital was moved to the new settlement at London.

The program at the church included recognition of known Loyalists buried in the local cemeteries. Led by Piper Bruce Murray, our group gathered at St. Andrew's United Church where it was my pleasure as Central West Regional Vice President to assist Dominion President Peter Johnson in the unveiling of a plaque marking the United Church Cemetery in Vittoria as a Loyalist Burial Site.

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