Blaine ceremony to mark bicentennial of Treaty of Ghent

A special ceremony at noon Friday, Feb. 13, will commemorate the bicentennial of the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain.

Expected participants in the ceremony at Peace Arch State Park include James Hill, consul general of Canada; Lynne Platt, consul general of the United States; Robin Twyman, consul general of the United Kingdom; and Ronald Masnik, honorary consul of Belgium. Organizers also expect representatives of the Washington Society of 1812, Daughters of 1812 and a color guard from White Rock, B.C. Members of the Blaine High School choir will sing “Children of a Common Mother,” the Peace Arch anthem.

The Treaty of Ghent was signed in Belgium on Dec. 24, 1814. The peace treaty was ratified by the U.S. in mid-February 1815.

More than 100 years later, on Sept. 6, 1921, the Peace Arch was dedicated to celebrate the centennial of the signing of the treaty.

Friday’s event is free to attend, but parking at Peace Arch State Park requires a Discover Pass. It will be outdoors, so organizers advise people to dress for the weather.

For more information, go to peacearchpark.org.