In a colourful ceremony, the community of Corunna celebrated 200 years of history at St. George’s Square, selected in 1823 by Lord Beresford as the site for Canada’s national capital and the location of future parliament buildings. However, in 1857 Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the seat of government and the rest is history!
The square was formally dedicated in a ceremony on May 23, 2023. Several Corunna schools were invited to participate, including a student choir from St. Joseph Catholic School, under the leadership of Jen Brown Nead.
Guests also included the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 447 Colour Guard and several civic and provincial dignitaries, including Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey; Lambton County Warden Kevin Marriott; St. Clair Township Mayor Jeff Agar and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chief Chris Plain.
O Canada was sung in Ojibwa by children of the Chippewa Daycare.
Plaques representing the community of Corunna storyboard and a history of the railroad were also unveiled as part of the ceremony.
The event was organized by the Corunna 200 Committee.