Peace-ing Our History Together
Out of War, peace was indeed forged during the Amherstburg celebrations of the War of 1812 Bicentennial (1812-2012). In 2011, local artist Joe DeAngelis, lecturer and professor at the School of Visual Arts at the University of Windsor was commissioned to design, sculpt and cast the Forged Peace Monument.
This monument is a tribute to the bond that ties our great nation; Canada, with the military events that took place with our American friends. In partnership with sister city Put in Bay, Ohio, Munroe, Michigan, The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce and The Amherstburg Rotary Club #6400, the monument with its three muskets, roses and feather symbolize the paths that our Indigenous people and forefathers/mothers forged so that we can now enjoy peace, friendship and the longest, undefended border in the world! A time capsule awaits unveiling within.
A little further east from the Forged Peace Monument is the Peace Garden Route plaque. The designation was awarded to the Kings Navy Yard Park gardens during the Bicentennial so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty that a garden provides and to recognize its geographical significance along the Detroit River.
Today, Peace Gardens along historic routes where events of the War of 1812 determined the future of Canada, the United States and the fate of many Indigenous people are still blooming! This cooperative initiative was undertaken by the International Peace Garden Foundation and the Town of Amherstburg, who continue to maintain the beautiful gardens in our parks.