A garden for peace in Rochester

June 17, 2012 by  

Next Saturday, June 23, at 2:30 pm, a dedication ceremony will be held for a new International Peace Garden at the Charlotte-Genesee lighthouse, located at the Port of Rochester, to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Many business representatives and officials from both the U.S. and Canada will be present and are likely to be interested in opportunities to make use of local print services. The Peace Garden will be using promotional tools such as poster printing and brochure printing.

There are 27 similar peace gardens in the U.S. and Canada, following a trail leading through the Southern Great Lakes region of New York and Ontario, between Oswego, NY and Amherstburg, ON. The goal of the gardens is to celebrate the natural beauty of the region, as well as commemorate 200 years of peaceful coexistence between the United States and its northern neighbor. They are meant to be an attraction for international visitors and residents alike. Paula Savage of the International Peace Garden Foundation will speak at the ceremony about the mission and vision of the peace garden movement.

The lighthouse was built in 1822, south of what was once a marshy area on the shores of Lake Ontario. A fittingly historic location for the new Peace Garden, today the lighthouse is surrounded by yacht clubs, a coast guard station, and Ontario Beach Park, making it an excellent site for viewing motor and sail boats. At the dedication, the tall ship Fair Jeanne will make an appearance and there will be cannon fire to mark the occasion.