Hands Across the Border celebration coming up

Published on Wed, May 30, 2012
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The 90th annual Hands Across the Border celebration will be held on Sunday, June 10, at Peace Arch State Park.

Youth groups from the U.S. and Canada, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and others, will gather in the park to commemorate the long-standing peace between the two nations. An international parade and flag exchange will take place along with student speakers, recognition of honored veterans and entertainment by young people.

A special feature this year will be exhibits on the history of the original border survey by the Surveyors Historical Society. They will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the original survey of our northern border and will present the Royal EngineersLiving History Group as well as the U.S. Topographical Engineers Re-enactment Group.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a Discover Pass ($30 annual fee) or a Day Pass ($10) is required for vehicles to access the Peace Arch parking area; passes may be purchased at the park office. Other free parking is available nearby.

The I-5 freeway will be closed at Exit 276 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a detour will be in place. Vehicles traveling north to Canada should use Exit 275 for the Pacific Highway border crossing.

For more information, contact 360/332-6484.