Neighbors to the North

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We found this monument close to Stanley’s in Stanley Park and I’m glad we took the time to read the inscription.

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The monument was erected as a memorial to President Harding’s visit to Canada in 1923.

“What an object lesson of peace is shown today by our two countries by all the world. No grim-faced fortifications mark our frontiers. No huge battleships patrol our dividing waters. No stealthy spies lurk in our tranquil border hamlets. Only a scrap of paper recording hardly more than a simple understanding safeguards lives and property on the Great Lakes, and only humble mile posts mark the inviolable boundary line for thousands of miles through farm and forest.

Our protection is in our fraternity. Our armour is our faith, the tie that binds more firmly year by year. Ever increasing acquaintances and comradeship through interchange of citizens and the contract is not of perishable parchment, but of fair and honorable dealing which God grant shall continue for all time.

Erected by Kiwanis International in memory of a great occasion in the life of two sister nations here on July 26, 1923 Warren Gamaliel Harding twenty ninth president of the United States and first president to visit Canada.” (Erected 9-16-1925)

van 2 090We were very surprised to read that Harding was the very first president to visit Canada.

Linking to Mrs. Nesbitt’s ABC Wednesday for N is for Neighboring Nations. Thank you Roger and team for administrating the meme.

I’m also linking to Tuesday’s Treasures with Tom the Backroads Traveler with this National treasure.

In the last few years I’ve enjoyed many visits to our neighbor to the North and I’m always thankful that it’s an safe border to cross without fear.


About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

23 thoughts on “Neighbors to the North

  1. Having lived most of my life with 2 hours of Canada, I’ve never viewed my neighbors across the lake as living in a foreign country. Thanks Ellen for sharing this example peace and friendship, certainly a treasure. Please hurry on back.

  2. Such an interesting piece, certainly provokes room for thought dear Ellen,
    I always think of Canadians and Americans being of the same ilk. Although
    you have different governments you always seem to have a similar ethos.
    Thank you for sharing this with us,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team,

  3. Thanks for letting everyone know that we are not only neighbours, but also friends. Stanley Park is a usual haunt for those of us in the lower mainland of Vancouver. It’s always a destination for visiting friends, especially for those from faraway places like the UK, Europe, Asia, or the eastern states.

    abcw team

  4. I love how you find these little known facts, Ellen. I never knew about that monument. It’s a precious thing to us that we share values and lifestyle with our neighbours to the south! And your friendship is one more of those precious things.

  5. When I read this, & it is definitely to be treasured, I wonder what makes peace so hard for other nations? A great example to all!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Great post Ellen and timely in my world this week too as I am dropping my daughter off at the airport for a flight to Vancouver in the morning!
    I have never visited Canada myself but intend to remedy that in the near future & I will be sure to visit Stanley Park.

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