neighboring communities of White Rock and Blaine will celebrate
their nations birthdays with a champagne toast across
the border this weekend.
Modeled on last years millennium toast organized by the White Rock-South Surrey and Blaine chambers of commerce, the July 1 event will bring together chamber members, elected officials and community members from both sides of the border to celebrate international friendship and cooperation. The Peninsula Pipers of the Royal Canadian Legion and the local American Legion branch color guard will parade toasters to the Peace Arch to clink glasses.
Community members will need an invitation to qualify for a glass of champagne, but event founder and chairman Gordon Shaffer said everyone is invited. Citizens of both countries are invited to the ceremony and it is suggested they bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park, he said. A giant birthday cake decorated with the Canadian and American flags will be served to everyone attending by the White Rock Youth Ambassadors. Weve also got a lot of gifts for everybody: Flags, books and games for the kids, games and bookmarks. The Celebrate Canada Committee of Heritage Canada donated the cake and gifts.