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Presented by the International Peace Arch Association

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

1 pm - 4 pm

Below you will find educational activities, links, and ideas to help you and your child prepare for our peace and friendship party. You can use many of the educational tools for both pre and post-event learning.

Have fun creating your event space. 

Hang your unit banner or an American or Canadian flag. 

If you have the Zoom-ability, you can download our HATB background to use for the event or select or create a background image of your own. If you select a photo of your hometown or create your own background, darker colors work best. 


ZOOM virtual background settings


Downloadable backgrounds


  • Canadian Flag American      

  • Flag Canadian Icons        

  • American Icons        

  • Peace Arch Parade


Green screen background to use on your TV if you choose to site in front of it to improve your image quality.


Learn about and practice singing the national anthems of the USA & Canada.


Star-Spangled Banner- Music, lyric, & history link

Oh Canada-Music, lyric, & history link


Also, learn to sing our unity song the Peace Arch Anthem Children of a Common Mother

Standing Tall (the Peace Arch Anthem)


Downloadable music files will be posted soon!

Nominate the PEACE ARCH to become an OFFICIAL SYMBOL of the State of Washington

Thinking ahead to 2021 - Celebrate the Centennial of the International Peace Arch 100th birthday!

Cast your VOTE and NOMINATE the International Peace Arch to become the Official Peace Monument of Washington State.


On Sunday, June 14th (when we start the event), You will be able to submit your name and information for our campaign!


A link to cast your vote will appear on our website on Sunday, June 14th (when we start the event). You will also be able to share your comments about why the Peace Arch should be an official Symbol of Washington State.


We will forward all your nominations and comments from our HATB friends to our 42nd District State Senators who will help us make this a reality.


Follow the links below to learn about the official symbols of Washington and British Columbia.


Official Symbols of Washington State


Official Symbols of British Columbia


Video Washington State Symbols


Washington State Color and Activity  Book | PDF

Washington State Symbols Flyer | PDF

For Group Leaders | Virtual Pen Pals

One of the best parts of Hands Across the Border is making friends and meeting new people. We are creating a list of group leaders who would like to connect their cross border units as virtual pen pals. If you would like  to connect with a cross border leader in order to facilitate your units become pen pals please follow the link to complete the form. Then units can connect during their next program year and meet your virtual pen pals in person at the 2021 Hands Across the Border Celebration.


To participate leaders/parents must sign up and provide their name, email, unit, city. By submitting this form you will be giving the IPAA permission to share your information (our list) with other leaders who sign up to participate.

Click here to sign up.

Peace Arch Online

History Exhibit

What in the Sam Hill is the Peace Arch?

No Peace Arch Celebration (even online) would be complete without a Portal of Peace History Exhibit. What was life like for kids in 1921 when the Peace Arch was dedicated?


What kind of game did kids play? How did kids contribute to the creation of the Peace Arch?

Will include some information about what life was like for kids when the Peace Arch was built. We will also include some good old fashioned fun & games they played!  You will be able to download educational resources to share!

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