You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who lives and/or works as we do, in Ferndale just south of Blaine, WA and/or (South) Surrey, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver, B.C.), who does not know where and what IS the Peace Arch Monument.
While many know and recognize the Peace Arch as a prominent, brilliant white archway that sits in the middle of a shared cross-border park and marks the international border crossing between the United States and Canada, few know its rich and relevant history.
Dedicated on September 6th, 1921 (… the same date the Mayflower left England in 1620), the Peace Arch ‘commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814′, ending the war of 1812 between Great Britain (Canada is a commonwealth nation, formally the Great Britain Commonwealth) and the United States. It continues today to be a symbol of peace all along the pacific corridor.
Fun Fact: A piece of wood from the Mayflower was placed inside the Peace Arch during its construction. It’s situated behind the corresponding bronze plaque displayed on the outside of the arch.
Watch this excerpt – or better yet, the whole documentary(!) produced by the International Peace Arch Association’s* called, “The Peace Arch Rises” and learn more about “Cascadia’s” iconic landmark of unity.
(Excerpt starts at 2:06; Dedication at 8:24; Full Documentary – 22:58)
*Formerly known as the United States Canada Peace Arch Association (USCPAA) Copyright 1996-2016.
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