In collaboration with the island tradition of celebrating the Canadian holiday of Queen Victoria Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will hold its “Planting the Seeds of Peace,” event on Saturday, May 19. This is an annual event held at Perry’s Victory that marks the opening of the summer season as we join the island community in the long held tradition of observing Queen Victoria Day through planting, beautifying and preparing for the upcoming tourist season and events. This special day is reserved for planting the Peace Garden which welcomes visitors and stands as a commemoration of the long-lasting peace between Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
Perry’s Victory began holding the peace garden planting on Queen Victoria Weekend as a way to bring the mission of commemorating peace to life.
“Gardens are synonymous with peace and transcend all language barriers,” said Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky. “The planting of a peace garden at the Memorial is the perfect method for expressing the park’s dual mission — commemorating the War of 1812 and honoring the long-lasting peace between countries.”
Area gardeners young and old are invited to help plant the park’s peace gardens on the corner of Toledo and Bay View Avenues and the corner of Hartford and Bay View Avenues. Planting starts at 10 a.m., gloves and trowels will be provided. Children’s activities also begin at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day until 3 p.m. Children’s activities will include seed cartridge rolling, and compostable flowerpot decoration. Ice cream will be served at noon to celebrate the planting and the beginning of a new season of events and programs at the memorial.
For information about the “Seeds of Peace” or other special events at the park this summer, call 419-285-2184 or visit www.nps.gov/peri. For information about the Memorial construction project, call Stransky at 419-285-2184.