June 19th is the official day formally established by the Ontario Government to commemorate and celebrate our Loyalist heritage. That heritage is one that belongs to all citizens of Ontario, of all cultural backgrounds, whether their ancestors were Loyalists or not.
An Act (Bill 150) proclaiming June 19 as United Empire Loyalists’ Day in Ontario was granted Royal Assent on December 18, 1997 in the Ontario Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
Sir John Beverley Robinson who briefly lived at The Grange, home to Heritage Mississauga was a Loyalist and many of historic Mississauga’s early settlers were Loyalists, particularly in the Merigold’s Point (Clarkson) area.
United Empire Loyalist flag, which is similar to but distinct from the flag of Great Britain.
RESOURCES & REFERENCES
- United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (website)
- United Empire Loyalists’ Day in Ontario (Facebook Page)
- The Significance of June 19th Loyalist Day (PDF)
- The Loyalist Flag