BROOKSDALE — “The Heroes of Zorra” is a soon-to-be-launched website that will pay tribute to all of the past and current individuals from the Township of Zorra, Oxford County who have enlisted and served our country to uphold the freedoms we currently enjoy here in Canada.
When the site is launched, upwards to 1,000 individual profiles will be showcased.
An event to celebrate this project is being planned for Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at St. Andrews United Church in Brooksdale (924044 Oxford Road 92). Parking will be accommodated at Zorra Highland Park Public School, with shuttle buses available to transport visitors to St. Andrews Church.
Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, will feature an educational event for youth and families from 2-4 p.m. Re-enactors will be on site and visitors will have an opportunity to go from station to station to learn more about what life was like during the 1860s and how war affected everyone.
It is anticipated that 80-90 re-enactors will eventually be on site for the weekend.
Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. will be the Official Launch of the website. Veterans, Legion Colour Party, dignitaries, a special guest speaker and Jack London singing his rendition of “Highway of Heroes” will all participate in this ceremony.
This will be followed at 3 p.m. by a live re-enactment presented by the re-enactors.
Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m., there will be an old-fashioned social evening of music and dancing.
Sunday morning promises to be a memorable church service at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Doug Peck will preside, and music will be provided by the Choir of Chalmers United Church, Kintore. All attendees are invited to wear period clothing from the 1860s if they so wish.
Following this service, lunch will be enjoyed by all in attendance and then at 1 p.m. there will be a second and final live re-enactment.
The weekend of Aug. 16, 2013 may not be officially recognized as a time of remembrance, but for many whose original roots are in Zorra, and for all who respect the sacrifices given for us, it will be.
“Please mark your calendar now and plan to join your friends and neighbours as we pay tribute to all those who have served and are now serving,” state the event’s organizers.
Anyone looking for further information about this special weekend can contact Shirley McCall Hanlon at email@example.com or 519-655-2471.