1921 — Peach Arch, Peach Arch Provincial Park, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Peace Arch Provincial Park is atypical in that it is a testament to peace between Canada and the United States. Its imposing white monument called Peace Arch is a unique symbol of peace and friendship between Canada and the US. The monument was constructed in 1921 and commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814, which ended the War of 1812 between the US and Britain. A prominent American businessman Samuel Hill conceived the idea of the arch and laid a hollow cornerstone within which he placed a hammered steel box made from the steel of a captured slave ship. Inside the box, he placed a piece of the Beaver and the Mayflower. The arch is said to be the first of its kind in the world, and today remains an open gate between Canada and the US, bearing the inscription May These Gates Never Close. On the Washington side is engraved: Children of a Common Mother while Brethren Dwelling Together in Unity is on the British Columbia side.