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Canada's first woman to be formally recognized and commemorated by the Government of Canada is Laura Ingersoll Secord (13 September 1775 - 17 October 1868) who was known as Canada's "heroine of Beaver Dams" during the War of 1812. She is known for having walked 12 miles through fields and forests in American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn the British of a planned attack by Americans. Depicted in the photograph is the twelve-foot-high granite pedestal looking down the escarpment to the town of Queenston that was erected by the Government of Canada with a contribution of $2,000 towards its cost. As inscribed on the face of the monument, it was dedicated "TO LAURA INGERSOLL SECORD WHO SAVED HER HUSBAND'S LIFE IN THE BATTLE, ON THESE HEIGHTS, OCTOBER 13TH. 1812, AND WHO RISKED HER OWN IN CONVEYING TO CAPT. FITZGIBBON, INFORMATION BY WHICH HE WON THE VICTORY OF BEAVER DAMS".
On this day, 13 September 2018, we commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the birth of Laura Secord.