A Peace Arch Celebration

The very first gathering of American and Canadian scouts took place at the Peace Arch dedication ceremony on September 6th, 1921. The official Peace Arch Celebration began in 1937 as a joint U.S. - Canadian Armistice Day celebration. 

The celebrations have included a youth exchanging gifts of peace (trading), a parade through the Peace Arch’s portal, a flag-raising, veterans ceremony, and both countries’ national anthems.


We are collecting personal histories and photographs. If you participated in past Hands Across the Border events, we would love to hear from you.


Please click here to share your Hands Across the Border story!




Register for the 2020

Hands Across the Border VIRTUAL Celebration

Sunday, June 13th, 2021




International Peace Arch Association (IPAA)

PO Box 2564
Blaine, WA 98231-2564

(360) 332-7165


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Presented by the International Peace Arch Association in cooperation with British Columbia Parks and Washington State Parks.he International Peace Arch Association (IPAA) is a privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to the heritage and preservation of the International Peace Arch and parks.  TAX ID: 91-166720.


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