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New York state to honour Canadians and Britons killed in War of 1812

12/26/2011 07:30 EST | Updated 02/25/2012 05:12 EST
SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. - New York state plans to erect a monument to the Canadian and British soldiers killed in a battle fought along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.

The Watertown Daily Times newspaper reports that the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will place the monument at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, with the backing of a local group that helps support the site.

Officials say it's believed about 30 Canadian and British troops were killed during an attack on the American shipyard at Sackets Harbor on May 29, 1813. The Americans buried the dead, but the exact location isn't known.

The state parks office and the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance plan to erect the monument prior to the bicentennial commemoration of the battle in 2013.

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