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Battle of Chippawa to be commemorated in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The Chippawa Battlefield Monument in Fort Niagara Falls, Ont. (Provided by Niagara Parks)

A commemorative ceremony at 7 p.m. July 5 at the Chippawa Battlefield Monument will honor those who served on the Chippawa Battlefield, according to the Niagara Parks and the Chippawa Branch 396 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

The Battle of Chippawa on July 5, 1814 was the opening engagement of the Niagara campaign, parks officials said in a statement. Two hundred American, British, Canadian and Native warriors allied to both sides were killed in the battle, most of whom are believed to be buried at the site.

The Battle marked the first time American regulars faced British regulars in a stand-up military action and many historians cite Chippawa as the birthplace of the modern American army.

The monument is located on the Niagara Parkway, south of the Village of Chippawa. Interpretive panels along the self-guided walking tour explain the timeline and events of this important battle.

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