Transcript of LCol Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry (youth version)
[Canadian Heritage signature]
Narrator: "This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage."
[The bronze statue of LCol Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry]
Narrator: "This hero of the War of 1812 had a long name: Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry.
In those days, boys joined the army at a young age—de Salaberry, for instance was only 14 when he joined."
[Portrait of de Salaberry]
Narrator: "He left his home near Quebec City and went on to serve in the British army in Europe and the Caribbean. He was a good soldier and became an officer—a lieutenant-colonel—in charge of other soldiers.
When the Americans tried to march on Montreal, De Salaberry stopped them at the Battle of Chateauguay."
[Illustration of de Salaberry defending the Chateauguay River]
Narrator: "The Americans had far more troops than the British did. But De Salaberry managed to fool the Americans into thinking that they were actually outnumbered and didn’t stand a chance."
[Close-up of the statue]
Narrator: "The Americans retreated and De Salaberry became famous."
[Close-up of the medal on his chest]
Narrator: "The uniform he’s wearing helps explain who he was and what he accomplished. The medal on his chest, for example, shows he was a Companion of the Order of the Bath, a very old honour, which means the British considered him a courageous military leader."
[Close-up of the hat]
Narrator: "The hat he’s wearing, called a bicorne, also identifies him as an officer. Notice how it’s not centered on his head? Some commanders wore it that way so they could see better."
[View of the statue from the bottom to the top]
Narrator: "Go ahead and touch the statue and see if you can feel the smooth and rough textures. You can even try closing your eyes and see if you can guess what features are on the statue of Salaberry."
[Portrait of Marlene Hilton Moore]
Narrator: "Listen to the clip by the artist, Marlene Hilton Moore to find out more about the creation of this sculpture."