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Group seeks to revive Hands Across the Border in Blaine

A large crowd amasses at the Peace Arch during the Hands Across the Border celebration on Sunday, June 10, 2007. The event included thousands of people from the U.S. and Canada representing boy scouts, girl scouts, veterans and law enforcement who paraded together across the border and traded mementos of American and Canadian culture.
A large crowd amasses at the Peace Arch during the Hands Across the Border celebration on Sunday, June 10, 2007. The event included thousands of people from the U.S. and Canada representing boy scouts, girl scouts, veterans and law enforcement who paraded together across the border and traded mementos of American and Canadian culture. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

A nonprofit group is trying to revive the annual Hands Across the Border celebration that brought together thousands of scouts on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine.

The event began in 1937 as a joint Armistice Day commemoration and later became the current celebration, moving to June, according to a history from the United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association. It happened most years until the international Peace Arch Association announced in 2013 it would end because of increasing costs.

The Peace Anniversary Association plans to revive the event on June 14, 2015, at the park. It still needs more than 300 people to sign up by April 1 to reach its goal for covering costs and attracting sponsors. If fewer than 1,000 people sign up by mid-April, organizers likely will cancel the revival.

Registration costs $15 and includes commemorative items for scouts and leaders. To register, donate or learn more about the event, go to handsacrosstheborder.info.

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