Hoeven Helps Dedicate New Peace Garden Monument

DUNSEITH, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today, along with North Dakota and Canadian officials, dedicated a new monument at the International Peace Garden. The monument, entitled the Promise of Peace, is a sculpture that depicts two hands releasing a dove.

“For more than 200 years, the United States and Canada have peacefully shared the longest international border in the world,” Hoeven said. “The monument we dedicate today, built to stand for 800 years, symbolizes the enduring peace, friendship and cooperation between our great nations.”

The North Dakota unit of Wally Byam Caravan (Airstream) Club International (WBCCI) raised mostly private funds to build the monument, which was designed by artist Arthur Norby. The sculpture is the most recent addition to the Garden and will replace a sculpture WBCCI had placed at the Garden in 1975, but which had deteriorated completely by 1979.

The International Peace Garden was dedicated in 1932, and a cairn, built of stones from North Dakota and Manitoba, was erected to commemorate peace between Canada and the United States. The cairn still stands and marks the border between the two countries. The Garden – which attracts thousands of visitors a year – spreads over 2,300 acres and includes trails, camping facilities, a chapel, a lodge and a formal garden.